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        10-13-2009, 09:14 AM
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    Question Foal Questions.

    Hello everybody,

    I have been thinking about foals latley. Not to breed one, no no, but to but one. Now, I'm just speculating and I just have questions and want basic knowladge. I've worked around babies before, and I will get more exprienced as time goes by, but I just want to know a little more about them in gerneral.

    Pasture/turnout - who can and who can't I turn a weanling out with.

    Hay - anything I need to buy/watchout for?

    Colts - when to geld (if I should geld). [[yes common knowladge GELD GELD GELD but I've also been looking at supeior Welsh bred colts]]

    Lunging training - when can I start?!

    Jumping (freestyle/ on a lunge w/o a rider) - is young too young?

    Basic questions like that.

    I'm just curious if it is worth the trouble of raising one, or if I should just go and buy a trained adult (although I want a baby )

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        10-13-2009, 10:35 AM
    My weanling is out with a 3 year old ottb and my 11 year old paint mare. I wouldnt suggest a weanling out with an aggressive horse, as they can get injured easier since they are smaller. Feeding- I feed my baby more then I feed my 11 year old mare, that's pretty normal. He gets 12%, same as my mare and a half scoop beet pulp soaked, to keep his poopie solid. You can't over feed a baby, they can have developmental problems if they are too fat. Seeing ribs is no big deal as long as you are still caring for them. Since my baby is with two mares im going to geld asap, he's 7 months now. Of course you have to wait till he drops, if you can post pone it a little, if the baby isnt raging with hormones, because they longer you wait the more muscular they will be, but wait too long and they could retain that studly behavior. Lunging should not be done untill 2 1/2 to 3, only light work only. No more than 15 minutes at a time, no tight circles. Its hard on a growing baby to just run in circles. I wont jump my horse till he's around 4. Babies are soo much fun, you get that special bond, but they cost alot, ie training, gelding ect. If you want to ride right now, and are impaient get a trained horse. My baby was $750, which is cheeper than a trained horse but I think professional training will cost me about 2k (including boarding with the trainer.)
        10-13-2009, 11:46 AM
    Weanling are pretty easy and strait forward to care for. They are generally busy playing and nosing about more so than a horse so free choice hay is best, they can always come back and munch.
    Grain wise I've always liked Equine JR and a little soaked beet pulp to keep them up to weight. You don't want to over feed a young horse but I've found that a somewhat difficult thing to do anyways.
    As far as gelding my vet said the yearling year is the average time to geld. I gelded my June 2005 colt in February of 2006 and another one of my colts was gelded as a two year old. If you intend to geld and don't get right around to it a colt CAN breed a mare as a yearling, so that is something to keep in mind with your "who to/who not to pasture with" question.
    I've never owned a horse who couldn't be trusted with a weanling turned out with them, that's just character judgment. My four year old gelding Image is the only one here I might keep a young horse away from, he plays rough and he is a pest. Also keep in mind if you choose to offer free choice hay to your weanling then whoever you turn him out with would also be offered free choice.
    As far as jumping in my book jumping is a no-no until the horse has reached three years of age. With a rider I wait until five years for any jumping or barrel racing.

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