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  • Training an orphaned foal
  • Old horse for orphan babysitter

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    04-26-2012, 02:44 PM
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Mare sure would!!

I have seen my old mares knock the foals right down.
No kidding! The very day Rain was born, she took a half hearted kick at my older daughter. Dancer gave her such a nudge with her head that Rain thudded to the ground pretty hard. Guess Dancer was telling her not to kick the body that feeds momma?

Rain has never kicked at anyone since then...
     
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    04-26-2012, 04:12 PM
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Ripper- I am using milk replacer and they do eat pretty well. I am probably filling two 2 gallon buckets 4 times a day. Finn (the younger one) does the "nursing" and he tries sucking on everything, but didn't want a bottle when I offered it to him. Their mothers were taken away after they were born to nurse TB foals, since the TB mares are taken away to be rebred. Foals -like mine- are left to die or be sold to the butcher. >:(
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    04-26-2012, 07:51 PM
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Weanling
Horsegal..wow...where are you located? Why do they do that? The mare can be rebred with a foal can't they...ive always known people breeding on foal heat.
     
    04-26-2012, 08:15 PM
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Horsegal..wow...where are you located? Why do they do that? The mare can be rebred with a foal can't they...ive always known people breeding on foal heat.
I always rebred my mares on a foal heat.

The little new foals inside does not take much from her at that age.

The ones on the ground always had free choice sweet feed from a few days old.

I fed the mares VERY well, third cutting alfalfa hay, plus sweet feed.

I weaned at 12 weeks.
     
    04-26-2012, 08:16 PM
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Ripper- I am using milk replacer and they do eat pretty well. I am probably filling two 2 gallon buckets 4 times a day. Finn (the younger one) does the "nursing" and he tries sucking on everything, but didn't want a bottle when I offered it to him. Their mothers were taken away after they were born to nurse TB foals, since the TB mares are taken away to be rebred. Foals -like mine- are left to die or be sold to the butcher. >:(
Any pictures??
     
    04-26-2012, 08:17 PM
  #16
Weanling
I know that's why I don't understand why the nurse mare foals are being done this way.....it's sad...I found a website of a place in ohio...I'm going to check more into it..we may possibly take on a few if we can work out a traveling arrangement.
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    04-26-2012, 08:25 PM
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Ripper- I am using milk replacer and they do eat pretty well. I am probably filling two 2 gallon buckets 4 times a day. Finn (the younger one) does the "nursing" and he tries sucking on everything, but didn't want a bottle when I offered it to him. Their mothers were taken away after they were born to nurse TB foals, since the TB mares are taken away to be rebred. Foals -like mine- are left to die or be sold to the butcher. >:(
For that young of foals they need more than 4 times a day feeding. That is 6 hours between feeds That may be part of the problem!
     
    04-26-2012, 09:13 PM
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Weanling
I agree with painted...most foals at that age..need to be fed every 3-4 hours at the absolute longest...when I had an orphaned foal at 1 1/2 months I moved into the barn for the next 5 weeks...then still spent most of my time there...I personally don't agree with the babysitter horse at least until foal is a bit older. The same orphaned foal I had was kicked by another mare and caused damage to his growth plate. But, thanks to a good vet. And farrier we were able to turn his leg pretty straight. He's been clear for light riding but Im going to just keep him as a nice companion gelding or maybe work him into carting....
     
    04-27-2012, 06:45 PM
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Your babies will display behaviors like you describe when they are hungry trying to suck on whoever they think may offer food & will start being aggressive & irritable. They need access to basically a free choice good quality hay,creep feeding of Grains/supplements & frequent milk feedings. Example of just one milk replacer feeding regime Foal-Lac Powder (Canada) Veterinary Information from Drugs.com
Your foals squabbling between each other should decrease with having food in front of them 24/7. I know from experience how hard it is to be feeding a foal every couple hours You may want to look at getting something like a Igloo Mama for them that will allow for more free choice milk feeding Miniature Donkey - Short ASSets Ranch - Miniature Donkeys - My Momma's an Igloo
Having a suitable older equine baby sitter is great to teach them proper equine social skills,but this is not always available. Older mares that have had foals usually are best for this job.
I had a mare{actually her Grand-dam} that I introduced to my baby.She became her surrogate mom & took her on as her own in all respects but ablity to feed her
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    04-28-2012, 01:22 PM
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I have up-ed their feeding to every 2 1/2 to 3 hours and the younger one, Finn, has stopped attempting to nurse.

Now, my other question is, what would be the first thing (in your opinion) to do to start their training?
     

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