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post #1 of 21 Old 10-25-2016, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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I am a new horse owner and have purchased a mare, Twist, and her colt, Moxy, born on Sep 3 as well as another colt, Mohawk, from different location. I have kept Mohawk separate from the other 2 for over a week to hopefully ensure he doesn't have strangles. Mo is very rambunctious and wants out of his stall but he is also barely bridal broken. I have a couple of questions:

1. how long should I keep them separate to ensure no problems
2. how should I introduce them so there are no issues/fighting
3. as I live in a cold environment I was thinking about keeping them in stalls for the winter and only putting them out to pasture on nicer days.
4. if I switch to a stall is it acceptable to keep the mare and colt in the same stall, the stalls I have are 12+'x18+'.
5. should i feed them alfalfa or hay or a mix and should their diet include a mix of oats cracked corn and such as a supplement
6. I am placing a salt and mineral block in each stall, is that good or bad
7. I want to build a coral for working with my colts and training, what is a good size, should I build normal wood fence or a portable metal coral?

I have a 5-6 acre pasture which should support the 3 easily. I also have a 10+- acre hay field that I plan on fencing in to allow for grazing after the second cutting next year.
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post #2 of 21 Old 10-25-2016, 12:21 AM
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I am a new horse owner and have purchased a mare, Twist, and her colt, Moxy, born on Sep 3 as well as another colt, Mohawk, from different location. I have kept Mohawk separate from the other 2 for over a week to hopefully ensure he doesn't have strangles. Mo is very rambunctious and wants out of his stall but he is also barely bridal broken. I have a couple of questions:

1. how long should I keep them separate to ensure no problems

If it was a me? A month minimum

2. how should I introduce them so there are no issues/fighting

Let them get used to each in side by side stalls or preferably corrals

3. as I live in a cold environment I was thinking about keeping them in stalls for the winter and only putting them out to pasture on nicer days.

I'm not a stall advocate especially for babies who need lot of exercise.

4. if I switch to a stall is it acceptable to keep the mare and colt in the same stall, the stalls I have are 12+'x18+'.

Yes, it will be a while before the foal is ready to be weaned. Until then same stall.
5. should i feed them alfalfa or hay or a mix and should their diet include a mix of oats cracked corn and such as a supplement

I like to feed a grass/alfalfa mix, heavier on the grass. Hard feed will depend on whether or not they need it. You'll just have to keep a close eye on their weight (especially the mare since she's nursing a foal) and be sure not to be fooled by long winter hair. Use your hands to feel for ribs.

6. I am placing a salt and mineral block in each stall, is that good or bad

Good

7. I want to build a coral for working with my colts and training, what is a good size, should I build normal wood fence or a portable metal coral?

Either works so whatever is best for you. Portable = movable which can be nice but a wooden fence is sturdier. You don't really want to be working those babies except in hand until they are more mature.

I have a 5-6 acre pasture which should support the 3 easily. I also have a 10+- acre hay field that I plan on fencing in to allow for grazing after the second cutting next year.
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post #3 of 21 Old 10-25-2016, 12:26 AM
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I didn't even notice your poll until after I replied.

How many horses a certain number of acres can support depends on so many things. Your climate, your individual land, how much upkeep you want to put into it, if you want the land to provide a good chunk of their diet and that list can go on and on.
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post #4 of 21 Old 10-25-2016, 07:51 AM
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How old is Mo and has he been gelded?
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post #5 of 21 Old 10-25-2016, 10:04 AM
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After you are certain that Mohawk is healthy (keeping him separate for 3-4 weeks), I would allow the horses to share a fence line so they can meet. After about a week of sharing a fence line and if no apparent issues, I would turn Mohawk out with the other horses (if he is gelded).

I am not a fan of stalling horses, so if it were me I would be leaving them on turnout 24-7 (as long as they have access to a good shelter). Especially babies who have lots of energy and need to run around.

I'm a fan of grass/alfalfa mix hay (with more percentage of grass). I do not feed hard feed unless a horse needs it (especially not a fan of 'hot' feed as most horses do not need it who aren't in regular work).

If you are wanting to round pen your horses, I believe most round pens are 50-60'. Wooden round pens are more sturdy, however if you buy the panels you can move it around and use the panels for other things.
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post #6 of 21 Old 10-25-2016, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Mo is 4-5 months i think, I have not received his paper work yet. Not gelded.
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post #7 of 21 Old 10-25-2016, 11:47 AM
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Do not turn Mo out with the mare until he has been gelded. Even at 5 months there is a chance he could breed her.

There is better feed out there than oats and cracked corn. You don't want them getting all that sugar.
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post #8 of 21 Old 10-25-2016, 11:56 AM
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How many horses have you owned before purchasing these 3? These are very basic questions that you are asking, so you apparently need more help than any forum can give you. Is there a reputable horse person in your area that could guide you? Foals need more than just feeding----they need to learn horsey manners so they can be easily handled. Foal don't do well stalled since they need room to stretch their legs and run. Trying to put a 5 month old foal with one who
is only a couple of months old and dependent on Mom sounds like a recipe for disaster----Mom is not going to take kindly to the old foal bullying her younger one.
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post #9 of 21 Old 10-25-2016, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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Prairie - i have not owned a horse before. i have a few people in the area that i am getting some help from but it depends on their availability. i was planning on keeping them separate once i put them in the pasture for a while until Moxy is a little older. i was thinking of next spring i would separate Moxy from Twist and start working with him more. i am working with Moxy now and he is pretty comfortable with me and has been bridal broke already. He will follow me away from Twist when i put out alfalfa and will stay with me while she eats.

why should i geld either of them or why shouldn't i?
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post #10 of 21 Old 10-25-2016, 02:12 PM
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Camo- you are in the SE side of SD - this is still fairly arid region and 5-6 acres of land will only support 2 full size horses TOPS! Especially since SD is very drought prone. I am familiar with your area as my mother lived in Arlington for 20 years and my sister lived in Heron.

With just 5-6 acres it will get eaten down fairly quickly. I live in NW IL and our local Ag Extension office recommends 2 acres for each horse minimum! And they recommend pasture rotation as well as picking up manure daily if 1 horse is on 2 acres.

Talk to your local Ag Extension office. They should be able to give you a good idea of how many animals 5-6 acres can support.
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