Hi all. I moved my old gelding back home three days ago because I thought he would be the one to be the bully but he is actually quite tolerant to the foal. He is not lovely-dovely and I have not had the two together but they are next to each other in separate fields and stabled next to each other at night. When I am there I've been introducing the two together by having them on leads and the gelding is not threatening at all. Although he is still in love with my pony mare, the plan is to move her off farm at the end of the week and then sedating the gelding and watching the two (colt and gelding) to see how it goes. The COTH community has been very helpful with offers of babysitters but I think my guy might actually work. I'm still waiting to hear about the other foal and if he does come, I think he will fine joining the other two. I'd rather not ship him off to a breeding farm since that defeats the purpose of raising this foal myself but would do it if necessary. And yes, he is getting Ulcer guard during this time And just to clarify the biatch of the pony mare, she would turn around, back into the foal and double barrel him. This happened twice and the third time I scooted the colt away before he got the goods. Poor guy! I'm hoping he learned something from that experience!
And just to clarify the biatch of the pony mare, she would turn around, back into the foal and double barrel him. This happened twice and the third time I scooted the colt away before he got the goods. Poor guy! I'm hoping he learned something from that experience!
I have no doubt he did.
Your gelding sounds promising, and when the other foal gets there, it should be a perfect mix! Good luck with him!
Maybe you could see how the 2 foals do sharing a stall, with the gelding next door. If all looks good, turn them out together, in a field sufficiently large that they can get away from each other if needed.
Good luck - I think you may have the solution here.