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post #11 of 25 Old 02-28-2012, 10:22 AM
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I personally wouldn't go any earlier than 4 months unless there is an issue. I'd definitely encourage him to eat grass/hay and a foal feed though. He just sounds like a normal colt, they are little hellians at that age! What is the weather like for you right now? If the weather is relatively nice and you're worried about her stepping on him you might leave them out at night as well if they have access to shelter. My gelding was independant from the moment he poked his nose out of the sac, in a lot of ways that is good because it will be an easier adjustment for him when it is time to wean. I don't think she's bored, I think she is just one of those mares that aren't very attentive mommies.
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post #12 of 25 Old 02-28-2012, 11:33 AM
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We have had mares that were less attentive to their colts. Then when they had a filly, it was a completely different attitude. Glad you are getting that fence replaced with something more solid and safe for baby.
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Mind at ease thankyou! Sunny- most of our fence was wooden and foal friendly however it started to storm so they wired the rest up and of course she found the weak spot so it wasnt much of a job and is done now!
Im going to leave him as long as I can but the mare is a trail horse and needs to go back to work as soon as she can, the colt was a suprise foal. Albeit we're talking just short on 4 months weaning.
Jacks-mama - the weather is definatley not nice right now! :(
The colt is very independent, I put the mare and colt in with the babys and old timers for an hour a day to socialise, The foal has jumped on and attempted to suckle everyone of them. But they're good to him.
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If the mare continues to run through fences with the colt, I would keep her in a stall and just take her out to lunge her, no freedom where she can get into trouble.

Also, the mare's milk doesn't have much nutritional value by the time the foal is 3 months old. As long as he is eating well, I would go ahead and wean him then. You can also keep the foal in a stall and take the mare out to ride her now. The way you explained things, sounds like neither mare or foal would care much.

Good luck!
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If the mare continues to run through fences with the colt, I would keep her in a stall and just take her out to lunge her, no freedom where she can get into trouble.

Also, the mare's milk doesn't have much nutritional value by the time the foal is 3 months old. As long as he is eating well, I would go ahead and wean him then. You can also keep the foal in a stall and take the mare out to ride her now. The way you explained things, sounds like neither mare or foal would care much.

Good luck!
That would be a very un-healthy option for baby.

OP- I have been lucky and have had extremely independent foals and dams. Weaning day comes and they are moved without a peep made. Mares don't really worry about the foals being close to them as long as they eat when they are suppose to and go in with them at night.

As long as she continues to let him eat and is not trying to physicaly harm him, I wouldn't be too concerned. (other than fixing up those fences, obviously)
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That would be a very un-healthy option for baby.

OP- I have been lucky and have had extremely independent foals and dams. Weaning day comes and they are moved without a peep made. Mares don't really worry about the foals being close to them as long as they eat when they are suppose to and go in with them at night.

As long as she continues to let him eat and is not trying to physicaly harm him, I wouldn't be too concerned. (other than fixing up those fences, obviously)

Just everyone's difference in opinion. There are several performance foals weaned early and they grow up just fine on a great feeding program. =)
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Just everyone's difference in opinion. There are several performance foals weaned early and they grow up just fine on a great feeding program. =)
Differences of opinion are OK, but this foal is only 4 weeks old...just how long do you propose stalling the mare and foal until it is ready for weaning? Excessive stalling of a foal is not prudent, which I assume is what Rumonek is referring to. The first 3 or 4 months of a foal's life is their formative time when they need to explore, learn independence, and satisfy their curiosity about a myriad of things, to say nothing of needing to run, run, run...
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Differences of opinion are OK, but this foal is only 4 weeks old...just how long do you propose stalling the mare and foal until it is ready for weaning? Excessive stalling of a foal is not prudent, which I assume is what Rumonek is referring to. The first 3 or 4 months of a foal's life is their formative time when they need to explore, learn independence, and satisfy their curiosity about a myriad of things, to say nothing of needing to run, run, run...

I meant more just turning them out in a roundpen or an arena. I wouldn't be turning a mare and foal out in a fence the mare likes to run through. One of these days, the foal could follow and meet its death or be taught bad habits by what the mare is exhibiting. I guess I was thinking more supervised exercise vs. turnout alone together.
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I meant more just turning them out in a roundpen or an arena. I wouldn't be turning a mare and foal out in a fence the mare likes to run through. One of these days, the foal could follow and meet its death or be taught bad habits by what the mare is exhibiting. I guess I was thinking more supervised exercise vs. turnout alone together.
That would certianly be better than stalling.

I would be more inclined to hobble the mare in the pasture myself, where the foal can run free, but that is just me...
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Thank-You Faceman. The stalling is what I was referring to.
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