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post #11 of 350 Old 01-06-2013, 02:52 PM
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ok tHERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT THOUGHTS ABOUT THESE WUESTIONS SO i'LL GIVE YOU MINE FOR WHAT THEY ARE WORTH - Oops sorry didn't mean to shout LOL.
1. I am totally against horses living in a stall HOWEVER I live in NZ where the climate is mild so everything is done out in the paddock. I realise that some of you are dealing with bloody awful climate conditions - heavy snow etc so I am not the one to ask about this but my gut instinct is always to look to the wild...if your weather is not too bad around foaling then leave her out in the paddock - she will choose her own 'nesting spot' (yes they do) and she chooses around a week before she foals.
2. Regarding separation, if she is in a herd environment with mares she does not need to be separated - as long as you have a big enough paddock and she can get away from the others, she will be happier left with them however (there's that word again) if you have an annoying busy-body gelding (like I did) then separation may be necessary at least a week or two before foaling but only to a next door paddock so they can still touch and see each other over the fence. Always remember horses are HERD animals and herd animals MUST HAVE the company of other members of their herd in order to feel safe and comfortable.
3. Last point (I promise) - God how I love to lecture Weaning - once again I believe that weaning should not be done before 9 months - again look to the wild - they're not weaned until just before the next foal is born. It's not just about milk but about learning to be a horse. My favourite article on this is here (Scroll down to progressive weaning)
Natural Horse World Articles-Foals
I think this woman is great.
Do NOT get talked into weaning earlier UNLESS there are major problems with the mares ability to care for her foal.
All and all it sounds like you know what to do and good for you - shtick to your gunsh
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post #12 of 350 Old 01-06-2013, 03:14 PM
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Sire's not a red dun. He's a bay.

She could have very well been in season as soon as she was out with him and you could be looking at a February baby. Can you get a pic of her udder?
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post #13 of 350 Old 01-06-2013, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks again Merlot! So Im on the right track...because that is exactly how I feel on all account!! Annie is in with one other mare and one gelding...who she bosses miserably and wont come near her without permission...if I separate them...I would have to put him with the other mare so he is not alone...Im hoping she doesnt foal out til closer to april...at least late march would solve the problem of the whole stalling idea...I could easily keep her up in the winter paddock, where she has access to a large 20 x 30 run in within the barn, that's where they all are now...I have been putting straw bedding in there which they all like to lie on...sometimes together...lol and I could move the other two to the back paddock where there is a separate run in...so I do have a plan....I just hate the thought of separating them at all...but know I may have to...as it is right now, my daughter's pony is trailered off to lessons weekly, leaving for about a 3 hour period...and geeze..when we get home you would think she was gone for a year the way the other two carry on!!! I have read the article...and many others alike and fully agree when it comes to weaning...they really do need more than just nurishment from their mothers...we have a big outdoor sandring here at the farm..im soo excited to work Annie in the ring with the little one following behind!! He will be learning too!! (and I only say he because I just have a feeling its going to be a colt) lol
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Nd- I thought that originally...but when posted him on another thread under colours and genetics a while back...was told by several ppl that he is no way a bay dun...after being made to feel like an idiot of course...barnwitches...:O
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post #15 of 350 Old 01-06-2013, 03:25 PM
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No he isn't a bay dun, he isn't a red dun either. He is just bay. Nothing wrong with being a bay.

I was one of the ones commenting on the previous thread as well.
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post #16 of 350 Old 01-06-2013, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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I will try to get some udder pics later on today...they are in no way even starting to bag up yet...
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post #17 of 350 Old 01-06-2013, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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oh...lol...well when we saw him at the farm where we purchased Annie.. we were told he was a bay dun...he has the tiger striping on legs and dark dorsal stripe...his registration papers say that as well....not that I care...between you and I...I want the foal to be painted sooo bad...so,,,prob wont happen...LOL
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On color... Were the sire and your mare tested for OLWS/frame before breeding?
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post #19 of 350 Old 01-06-2013, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Im guessing no...from the likes of where she came from...lol...Im still not convinced that the stallion wasnt always in the herd...the previous owned has changed her story a few times...and when I asked that same question...she pretty much told me it was a ridiculous question to ask....and while Im on that note...I want to ask your opinion..and anyone else's who is reading this...the previous owner added me on facebook a couple months ago...to keep up with Annie's progress...which at first..I thought was cool...so when I took some pics a couple weeks ago(new years etc) of Annies belly...I tagged her in one of them...thinking she would think it was nice to see how big her belly was and how she was coming along...well...tonight when I came home and checked my facebook...there was a NASTY message from her saying that she DEMANDS I take the picture down...that is was EMBARRASSING for her to have that on her facebook and for everyone to see...that no one wants to see how fat she is or cares about her HUGE belly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I put the words in capital...just like she did.....am I crazy???? Or is that just weird????? Here I am...and everyone who knows me..soooo very excited about the fact that I can see the foal move...and how much she is progressing...and how the time is getting closer....and about 20 ppl commented on that same photo saying how awesome that is...how cute her belly is..how we must be getting so excited...and on and on...and here is her previous owner....telling me that it is an embarrassment and I should take it down...IMMEDIATELY....can someone please explain this to me???? Im losing my mind here....
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Sounds like the previous owner is off her rocker. Just untag her from the picture and delete her comment off of it and leave it at that.
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