Turnout for new moms and their foals...
Okay... newbie here...
My mare just hit day 300 (YAHOO)! And I'm hoping she makes it to day 320 (she's looking ahead of schedule and according to the vet based on u/s, he think she'll go early too).
So one of my biggest concerns right now is the turnout situation for my horses. My two mares (momma-to-be and my 5-year old) are turned out together where I board right now. They are the best of friends... and my younger mare is miss protector for my broodmare. My broodie is okay when turned out alone, but my younger mare goes crazy when she can't see her (although I can ride her and take her off property to shows/lessons without any issue - it's just during turnout). The other issue with my younger mare is she is a dominant mare, and she doesn't take kindly to strangers. She is also my show horse, so the turnout situation with my broodie is perfect because my broodie is so mellow and docile, so I don't have to worry about any injuries to my young one.
BUT... my broodie will foal at some point... and that becomes the issue. Because I board, I don't have complete control over turnout (ie. the setup of the pastures/paddocks), so without making any changes to the facility, I am limited with what my options are. If it was up to me, I would split their paddock and turn them out next to each other... but that can't happen.
SO... does anyone have any experience turning out mare and foal with another mare who has never foaled??? If so, how and when did you introduce them? Any other turnout recommendations (either way)???
As a side, they are stalled next to each other as well, so my young one will see/smell/hear the foal every night.