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        10-07-2013, 09:33 AM
      #61
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by tranquilo    
    The older mare won in 2006, her daughter won in 2011 and will be off to Nationals again in a few days to face older horses this time. Your description probably could fit the halter ring though and I don't pay much attention to what goes on in that world...my mares both won their titles under saddle. I don't really blame people for not wanting to show especially with how expensive it is now (or for moving on to stuff like reining or racing where you can win actual money), but at the same time it's too bad because our shows could definitely use more numbers.

    I haven't noticed a difference in behavior in foals that were weaned earlier vs later, but I would imagine it's more stressful for a younger foal. I have heard that their digestive systems aren't really meant to properly digest solid food until about 6 months.
    Congrats on your wins and good luck with Nationals!

    I haven't really seen an emotional difference with Rowan- the QH I rescued when she was a foal. She has traumatically lost her Dam at only 3 weeks old, and was so neglected - 3 months later, she was near death. She had a body score of "1." She's 7 now and though never bred, is an affectionate, extremely social mare who loves humans. That may be the intense time we spent saving her, but it may be her nature as well. People may poo poo the idea, but I dare say this mare actually feels grateful for her life. I imagine her ability to be a good mother wouldn't be impaired in spite of her rocky beginnings.
         
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        10-07-2013, 12:37 PM
      #62
    Trained
    Tranquilo good luck at Nationals.
    Having a mother and daughter both win at Nationals is wonderful and quite an accomplishment. Plenty of time , planning and $ were spent but looks like they paid off.
    I also agree the Arabian breed needs more people showing. One of my incentives for showing and promoting Cassius.

    It seems weaning at an early age might not be as harmful as I imagined. I dread doing it everytime and a young foal would only make matters worse. I am a softy it seems. My biggest wish it that the mare would do it herself. Shalom
         
        10-07-2013, 03:46 PM
      #63
    Yearling
    My Shetland mare self weaned both her fillies at 3 1/2-4 months. She was an excellent mother, but once she felt they were ready she kicked them off and wanted nothing to do with them. A young colt we had was cold turkey weaned at 3 1/2 months, mom was out on a trailer and taken to a new home. He's now coming four, and been lightly started and trail ridden. I could come up with examples all day for you, lol. I've seen probably over 25 youngsters go through our barn and like I said, have not noticed a difference at all."
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        10-08-2013, 02:02 AM
      #64
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by dbarabians    
    It seems weaning at an early age might not be as harmful as I imagined. I dread doing it everytime and a young foal would only make matters worse. I am a softy it seems. My biggest wish it that the mare would do it herself. Shalom
    I'll join you on the softies couch, a young foal would make it worse for me as well.

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    Originally Posted by kassierae    
    I could come up with examples all day for you, lol. I've seen probably over 25 youngsters go through our barn and like I said, have not noticed a difference at all."
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    Again people can come up with unquantified examples of things all day here is one for you

    McCalls Horse World - Weaning Age

    This raises the same questions as I have, how do you reliably test the 'emotional' impact on weanlings and their future development and mental maturity.
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        10-08-2013, 02:18 AM
      #65
    Trained
    Golden horse that was an interesting article. Some of the things noted about the filly and other orphaned or early weaned foals I have noticed in our cattle. Shalom
         
        10-08-2013, 02:23 AM
      #66
    Green Broke
    I have never bred horses... But, I personally wouldn't breed a mare until she was at least five. Horses physically mature up until that point, so it confuses me that people would choose to do it earlier?
         

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