New foal..to pasture with a herd or to pasture alone with mom
I'm seeking advice from those that have had experience in both and can see the difference in the long term attitudes in the foal. I recognize that fillies and colts have different personalities and this may also influence this. I have just purchased a colt (my first) and have the opportunity to either keep it where it is for now or for a bit to grow up with a herd of moms and foals and to socialize or I can bring him home with the mom and have him spend the first bit with his mom before I wean him. I want to know if it's better for them in the long run to play with other colts/fillies or if it doesn't matter. Do you find they are better behaved if they are on individual turn out with mom instead of in a group of rumbunctious colts all playing? Please let me know if you have done both and if so, which one did you find turned out better or did it really make a difference?
anecdote is not evidence, but...
I had a very bad experience with a colt with ALD that had to be on stall rest/ tiny paddock away from other youngsters. He just had mom, and it just seemed like he didn't know how to act at all. He really wanted to play but his idea of playing was a double barreled donkey kick! I think he did grow out of it eventually but he was a terror for awhile. Much better to have them in their natural environment IMO.
Many European farms (Schockemohle et al) will keep intact colts on pasture together until 2 - 3 years of age, so I wouldn't worry too much about fighting. They'll settle into a hierarchy.