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How old does new foal need to be to stay out overnight?

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Ssuziec (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Friday, July 01, 2005 - 06:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My new baby was born just after midnight on monday morning ( I am a first time breeder ).

I live in England & our evening temperatures drop from 18 down to 9-10 during the night.

They have been going out during the day - which he thoroughly loves.

I had previously rested most of the grazing for 6 months, so some of the grass is quite long & remains damp even throughout the day.

Can someone please advise me as to when I can start leaving them out overnight?.

Thanks in advance

Suzie}
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Kim k
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Posted on Friday, July 01, 2005 - 09:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Suzie,
we are in the united states... not sure what the temps convert to here, but we normally wait until babies are close to six weeks old to leave them out at night so that they can follow mom at a good pace. We do have some coyotees are here and just want to make sure babies are strong enough to keep up with mom. Temps for us would be above 50 degrees and on dry ground before we will allow babies and moms out all night long as well.

Good luck
Kim
 

teb (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Saturday, July 02, 2005 - 02:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Suzie,
Hello, I'm here in Ireland so I can help you a bit. My rule of thumb is 30days out of bad weather. We had a client mare foal end of may and I kept her in the lst week at night even in good weather. After that if it was going to be nice I kept her out, but any threat of rain and I brought them in. You just have to protect them a bit and watch for any signs they might not be handling the weather. Most of my foals are born in March and this year with the crappy weather they didn't go out full time until 2nd week in May. Even then we got cold nights with torrential downpours and I still brought them in on those occasions. I think for the most part you guys are having a better summer than us unless you live near the North or Glastonbury!!!!! Good Luck
terri
 

teb (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Saturday, July 02, 2005 - 02:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh yeah forgot, I would watch the damp grass. If it's very wet, don't leave them out overnight in it. I just never do as I'm afraid of Pneumonio(sp), but some people do and never have problems.
 

Ssuziec (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Sunday, July 03, 2005 - 11:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thank you both so much, thats a great help.

I will have the grass topped to remove that aspect & see how it goes (I am probably worrying myself silly - i'm sure you all know what its like - so I would far rather wait & get some experienced advice than have something go wrong)

once again, thank you
 

Debbie Burnett
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Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Monday, July 04, 2005 - 09:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My horses go out 12 hours on 12. They are boarded with a guy who only boards 8 horses ( I have 3 there). He puts them out after grain in the morning, brings them in if the weather is too hot, or too cold, or its raining, then they come in at dinner time for more grain, then bed check and all tucked in for the night. These horses never stay out all night, at least mine don't anyway.
Maybe things are a bit different in Canada. No wolves, bears or coyotes to deal with, just we like to spoil our horses more than most. I would never leave my horses out in pasture over night. I worry more about poachers and horse thieves than I do the wild life or the weather.

Deb
 

Rooty (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Monday, July 04, 2005 - 12:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well, I live in Barrie, Ontario and we certainly have coyotes. I don't leave my foals out overnight because of them. I'm pretty cautious during the day for the first couple of weeks, we did have a coyote chase a less than 1 day old foal once at 4 in the afternoon. I don't worry about the adults too much, and we do have a donkey, so they stay out overnight.
 

teb (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Monday, July 04, 2005 - 01:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

One of the nice things about living in Ireland and England is we don't have to deal with unsavory wildlife! Crappy weather, but no wildlife. I am more conservative than most, a lot of foals are born outside and live outside no matter what! Also in the winter we bring everything in at night starting in October through to March. I feel they can't grow and stay warm at the same time. While it never really gets that cold it is always wet here and and the cold wet is terrible for young horses. I keep wanting to move back home, but with all the extra vaccines, terrible flies, extremely hot weather and wildlife my horses are happier here. Oh we do have horse thieving problems, but good luck to anyone trying to put my mares on a box! Plus my house is 5ft from the paddocks and we have a german sheppard and locks on gates! Hope this helps with the diffrences over here!
teb
 

gaz (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Monday, July 04, 2005 - 06:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yes Ireland is a wet place these days.Its driving me nuts.Im in and out all day with the young foals.Young foals need to be out to stretch and strenghten.In relation to the topic,If your lucky and a get a good spell of weather with warm nights you might be able to leave out a young foal thats a week plus old for the night.If its nice calm and the night is warm then you can consider leaving the foal out.Weather is the decider.

teb do you have flat or NH foals?
 

teb (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Tuesday, July 05, 2005 - 12:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

gaz
Yeah, an Irish person! I have a NH mare by Broken Hearted who I breed sporthorses from as her pedigree is just o.k. and don't want to add to the overproduction of bad horses. She throws a cracking foal though. And we have a flat mare we just bought in England by French Deputy who is in foal to Catcherontherye. She is a winner, the first foal from her dam and a lot of black type. We also have a 4time winning mare by Fraam who is in foal to City On A Hill and she is for sale. She's advertised in the Irish Field. Some rain the other day!
teb
 

gaz (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 11:13 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How did you decide to go to catcherintherye? What sales book would I see that Fraam mares pedigree in.
 

teb (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Thursday, July 07, 2005 - 12:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I use to work for Wayne Lukas in the states and got on a lot of Coolmore horses so when I got my mare I decided to use their stallions. My mare is only 15.2 so wanted something with a bit of size. I hate to over stallion a mare( paying big stud fees for a really good stallion on a soso mare). My mare is young and I wanted a young stallion with size, breeding, conformation,and a reasonable stud fee. He fit the bill. He is absolutely gorgeous and so are his first foals out of a variety of mares. Also he is by Danehill which can't hurt. The Fraam mare's pedigree isn't in any catalog as she was a private purchase, but I can fax you her pedigree. I can also send you pictures of her too. Just email me racenjump@eircom.net
Thanks
Terri
 

Ssuziec (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2005 - 12:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi everyone,
Just thought i'd let you know that he has had two nights out & was fine - though clearly sulking!, so we are going to keep bringing them all in at night time for a while.x



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