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post #1 of 9 Old 11-14-2008, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Another weaning question-

Hi again, I have another weaning question- You guys helped me so out so much with the weaning process for the seperation part that I am excited to hear you suggestions for this
I am wondering how long do you keep them seperated? I have my mare boarded at a facility about 15 minutes away. I have had my colt gelded already and all is going fantastic. Next week she will be a part for 1 month and she is dried up nicely. I am wondering if I could bring her home and maybe keep them in seperate them in different pastures or will this cause problems? Or can I see if she keeps him away if they are put back together? Any ideas or suggestions?
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-16-2008, 02:52 AM
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I wouldnt see why not. I would keep them seperated once you bring your weanling back though. Even after three or four months, the foal may attempt to nurse again even though it wont be successful. One thing to look at as well, is how much of a mother is your mare? Some dont seperate so easily and will act up a little when the foal is brought back!

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post #3 of 9 Old 11-16-2008, 03:18 AM
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I don't see why you couldn't have them both at the same property now, but I would keep them separate. My colt has been weaned for about 2 and a half months and he still has to be separated from mom because when we tried to put them in together, he was still trying to nurse. He is not "attached" to her or she to him - like they used to be, but he must have just though, "oh, my special meal is back"

It is a bummer that he keeps escaping our electric, so he doesn't get to stay out with all the big boys in the big field. He has to stay with the pony in the solid pen. The two little shrimps are cute together though.
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post #4 of 9 Old 11-16-2008, 10:16 AM
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well all the horses ive separated. i used two diffrent pastures and everything works well. i just separated one last week. now theyre not worried much about each other bc the baby has others in the field.
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I had a colt that we weaned and I put him out at a different property with some ponies for 4 mo then put him with his mom and she milked back up I dont know how rare this is just thought you should know its a posability
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I would think it would be fine to bring her back. They could possibly cry back a forth for a day or two... or they might ignore all together.

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post #7 of 9 Old 11-24-2008, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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I am keeping my mare at the boarding place for another 2 weeks so I can get some more riding in- having a blast with my mare! I honestly think that if I put them together that she will just keep him away as she is so enjoying her freedom, but not sure- so I guess I will try it and just have to watch-
I really can't believe that the foal was seperated from the mare for 4 months and she bagged up again and started producing milk- was that a broodmare? My mare is 5 years old and has only had one foal prior (before I had her) So far everything has gone without a hitch and I hope it continues!
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-25-2008, 01:06 PM
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I would try to keep them both apart longer than a month. How old is the foal? If the mare is dried up it won't take long for the foal to see there is nothing there to eat and the mare might not let him now because he's going to have some nice sized teeth now.
Bring only the mare back if you have the option to keep them seperated if the foal does try to nurse.

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post #9 of 9 Old 11-26-2008, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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They will be apart (completely - she is at a boarding facility) for an additional 2 weeks and then I am bringing her home. My colt is 5 months old and was weaned at 4 months old because he was getting too big for his britches- if you know what I mean. He has been gelded for over 2 weeks now and has not attempted to mount or get in our other mares space because he knows he can't even attempt. My mare has been dried up for I would say over 2 1/2 weeks now.
When my mare was delivered to me (I purchased her from out east) she had been taken away from her faol 3 days before when they left for my house- The guy picked up another mare and foal to take back and they had all been at my house - the foal didn't want to follow the mare back into the trailer and came by mine- she kicked the faol to get the heck away from her- I don't know if this was because it wasn't hers, but I really don't think we will have a problem- she is enjoying her freedom way too much, but I of course will watch and monitor. If I see him trying to nurse they will be in seperate pastures.
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