Suggestions for Getting my Horses out of the Field
I recently purchased a mare and her 5 month old foal. We kept them in a stall the first couple days, but then introduced them to the herd, which went great except now the entire herd loves them and is making it difficult for me to retrieve my guys from the field.
The mare is sweet, but the foal hasn't been handled much. I can go out and lead the mare to the gate, but as the filly follows mom, the rest of the herd joins in and I have 7 horses at the gate, which is presenting a problem.
I can't get my hands on the filly yet when she's in the pasture - we're working on halter-breaking and leading, but when in the field, I have to rely on her following mom into the barn to catch her. The other horses are pretty pushy at the gate and I have to balance shooing them away without scaring away the filly.
I tried putting the mare in the barn temporarily while I went back out for the filly, but she was NOT happy being out of sight. The filly really didn't seem to mind being away from mom though, which is a plus. There isn't a good place to tie the mare up in sight - it is all electric fencing. There is a small "paddock" between the barn and their pasture that I can close off, but I'm not sure how helpful that'd be - I was thinking about letting the mare in there while trying to let just the filly in with her, but then I'd have horses on both sides challenging me.
Just for more info - the barn doesn't really offer stall board on a long-term basis - they did it as a courtesy temporarily when they arrived so they could settle in before being introduced to the herd and are letting me use it if needed when it comes to weaning (as opposed to hauling one of them off to a different farm), but we haven't crossed that bridge yet. It might be an option to ask them at least until the filly is more comfortable, but I also think it is good for her to be able to run around, graze, and have other horses to be around to learn from.
Any suggestions for how to do this by myself so I can go out and spend more time with them without always having to bring someone along? I'd love to go out everyday, maybe even twice a day, to work with them but I can't expect someone to go with me that often and I'd be restricted to mostly weekends.