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post #11 of 16 Old 11-22-2015, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by BUTCH View Post
i thought that myself ?
should i bring him in ?
he is just 2 yrs old and uncut but a cob and so very placid ? should i bring him in for a few days to stay with him ?
I'd introduce them over a fence first and watch the cob's body language carefully. He is uncut. He may be fine, but not all studs are good with babies that they didn't sire. If he were gelded, I wouldn't be as concerned.

Yeah, this baby NEEDS another horse in it's life. Hope your cob (since he is only 2) had an older horse in his young life as well, so he will have an idea of how to teach this new foal how to be a horse.
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Yes while I understand that other species can be suitable companions they really are not ideal and honestly for a foal it doesn't even count... they need to learn to be a horse from a horse.

It will teach them the appropriate way to act around humans as well as all the good things about being a horse and will teach them basic obedience in a way a human just can't.

It's called "orphan foal syndrome" and while this foal has had his mother for the first part of his life to keep him solitary at this point would be nearly as bad.

While my horse was NOT an orphan and was very good with people- friendly but quiet and respectful he had no socialization with other horses and we had the hardest time getting him past that. I'm still not convinced he really "knows" as our small herd hasn't changed in years. Not at all aggressive just clueless.

There are just soooo many benefits to a companion and so many drawbacks to not having one. Ideally you would have a small herd with an older mare to be "mom". But not having that another horse really is a must. I would not consider another species (goat) to be suitable in this situation.

A 2 year old stud colt wouldn't be my first choice but it's better than nothing, however, as with adults you must make sure to introduce them slowly and carefully. I would not trust the 2 year old.
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post #13 of 16 Old 11-22-2015, 03:14 PM
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Maybe a good time to get the two year old cut, he may play nice when he is healing

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post #14 of 16 Old 11-22-2015, 04:38 PM
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I'm trying really hard to be compassionate but why oh why would you get a foal when you seem so unprepared and seem to know so little about horses and what to do with them? And why is your cob still uncut at 2?

Even experienced horse people can mess up a foal if they're not careful.
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post #15 of 16 Old 11-26-2015, 02:20 AM
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Horse is uncut?? Get that remedied ASAP too!
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post #16 of 16 Old 11-26-2015, 02:25 AM
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& BTW, for future reference Butch, it's 'the done thing' here to stick to one thread, not write multiple threads about the one subject. Perhaps you could get the mods to meld this with your other one.
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