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post #1 of 7 Old 07-06-2013, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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7 Month Old Should We Move Her?

I'm new too all of this so please be kind. I am aware that if I post here I am opening my self up for any and all ridicule, just try not to throw the tomatoes too fast or too hard. As I have said on many other threads we were given a few horses back in May, one was an 11 year old palomino with a 5 month old filly by her side. We just realized a few weeks ago the palomino was bred back and will be due end of October first of November. We were going move the filly and wean her but Sage (her dam) is not letting her nurse. Any time cactus tries, Sage kicks, bucks or bites her. I haven't seen Cactus try in a few days. Sage is the Queen mare of the heard, Cactus isn't staying with her any longer she is hanging around the other horses. Should we still move Cactus, or has Sage taken care of the problem already? Thanks for your help.
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-06-2013, 01:57 PM
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It sounds like the mare already weaned her. You need to be absolutely sure because the new baby has got to get colostrum and an older baby will take it all away from the new one.
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-06-2013, 02:37 PM
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Sounds like momma is doing what come natural. By the time new foal arrives I wouldn't worry about it. Especially if your mare is already separated by that time to drop colt. Just keep an eye on them and if you notice she is nursing closer to delivery time then either move mom or filly. Good luck on the new delivery when it comes! Hope we all get to see pics ..hint hint. Lol
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Thanks for the advise, if I see Cactus nursing at all we will move her. And don't worry there will be plenty of pics!
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No reason not to keep them together. However, I presume you are working with the filly now, so obviously she will be away from her dam and the herd, at sometimes during the day. Glad to know the mares are with you now and won't be used as breeding machines.

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post #6 of 7 Old 07-06-2013, 07:57 PM
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I think your mare is already doing what she needs to be doing. Do you have any other horses than just those 2? if you do, what I would do is still separate her to give mom a break and make sure that the filly is indeed weaned. If you do not have other horses, then I would let things be and keep an eye on the filly, because separating them will cause some stress to both the broodmare and the filly.

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We are working with all of the horses. The filly is now halter broke and is working on leading, and manners in general, she can be a little pushy come feeding time, not acceptable! Cactus, the filly lets us groom her and we are working on her letting us pick up her feet. Sage, her mom will let us groom her, but is not halter broke, we just brush her, apply fly spray and sun screen in the pasture or round pen. Then Cowboy my pride and joy ❤he is 2 months old and will be handled correctly! He is halter broke, picks up his feet and we are working on leading. His mother is 3 and is our problem child, she was not accepted by the heard when she was born ( I really don't know the whole story) so she is very spooky and does not trust anyone! We have finally got to where we can hold the feed bucket when she eats but we have not touched her yet. She has never had a problem letting us handle her foal, she is just unsure of us touching her. No more baby machines for us. After Sage has this next foal we are going to just let these ladies be horses for a while.
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