I have a 17yo TB in foal - and hope to keep her that way as we are only at 32days at the mo! Me and my friend keep our horses together at a farm and she is having a new pony delivered at the wk/end. Obviously she will either wish to take her horse out to go with the pony (therefore stressing my highly strung mare) or put the pony in with them both - Should you change companions at this stage of pregnancy - I have heard that you shouldnt change it for the entire duration!
Oh, we change ours constantly, never had any problems. Social stress can be a factor in reabsorption, but more so in the first 14 days. I shipped my one mare out for training at around 40 days last year, she initially had been booked for earlier, but we did decide to wait until she was past the first couple of weeks due to the social stress aspect, especially since she is a homebred herself and had never left our property. No problems, she had a colt 3 weeks ago! My concern would be more that the pony isn't a risk for transmitting disease, especially strangles, as it can cause early stage abortion. In an ideal world we would quarantine each new horse for at least 2 weeks upon its arrival, but seeing as that's not always possible, you just have to hope that the pony is free of disease. If he is coming from a high-traffic barn, or if there has been strangles reported in the area he's coming from I would insist that he be quarantined, even if it means he has to live somewhere else for a few weeks. However if the risk seems low, I wouldn't worry about it. I would turn the three out together, that'll be less stressful to your mare than being alone.
I would consider how this mare reacts when she is separated from her stable mate during normal conditions. If she is nervous and stressed out while her stable mate is gone, then I would not want for the pair to be separated until she were 90 days in foal.
Past actions are your best monitor. How she has reacted during brief separations will give you a good idea of what to expect. There are those mares that bond to a stable mate very quickly, and do not do well when separated. Perhaps you can establish another friend to bond with before the other horse is removed.
thanks for your help, The pony waas delivered last night , she comes from a showing famaily and seems to be well enough - she was stabled over night and will be in a seperate field for a few days at least. My mare has been grazing alone for the past three days but the field with her companions in is just next door - the field they will be going to for the pony is across the farm, If I can sneak her mate out carefully she may not even notice!
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