These are the first full sized horse foals that I've really dealt with, besides Duke and Dynamite (and I was only 11-12 at that time). I generally work with the miniatures- so I'm used to a 16-18 inch baby. Not a three foot tall one!
As a brief overview- these two sucklings are the product of a back-yard breeding situation. A local shelter rescued them along with their dams and two fresh OTTBs from this lady, and we're housing and rehabilitating them until they are adopted out. All six horses were kept in three race-sized stalls, unable to move more than a few inches- and getting only about half a flake or so of hay every day. Ofcourse, they're all quite thin and scrubby looking. More of the story and pictures here
We were told that the that the suckling filly is probably about 4-5 weeks old, and that the colt is about 3 months old by the rescue. Honestly, I think they were just guessing.
I'm wondering though, if they could be wrong? The colt seems older than three months old. He's about 13.2hh (give or take, he was quite squirmy, since he thought my measuring stick was a monster) already, which seems really big to me. Ofcourse, I could just be totally wrong, but his mother is only about 15.3, and I looked up his father; he's 16.2. So 13.1hh at 3 months just seems a bit...GIANT.
Anyways. I was hoping you guys could tell me what you think about his age. Do you agree with the rescue, or do you think he could be older? I'm attaching a bunch of pictures. Are there any developmental milestones I can look out for that will tell me his aproximate age, or something? His mother isn't doing very well, and is pretty thin- so we'd really like to wean him as soon as possible. He's already eating quite a bit of hay, as well as his mother's milk- but I'd hate to wean him, thinking he's one age when really he's younger, and I'd also hate to have him weaned at a supposive 4 months, when really he's 6 or 7, and he's just making his mother worse.
Either way, he sure does love his freedom!
I'm also attaching pictures of the filly. What you think about her age? Her mother is doing poorly also, but we can't wean her because she's quite obviously young, whether he's 2 weeks or two months old.