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    07-27-2012, 12:21 PM

Finn (bay) and Legend (liver chestnut)
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    07-27-2012, 12:35 PM
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Awhh they are so cute!!! I like the liver chestnut! He looks like he is going to be a stout and built boy!
    07-27-2012, 03:32 PM
Beautiful little foals! And that chesnut is a tank!! What are their stories?
    07-27-2012, 04:30 PM
Oops. Just read back. For some reason I didn't see all the pages. Poor babies. It's so sad what people will do to keep making money. They are lovely. You've done a great job.
    07-27-2012, 06:03 PM
He is a tank, but I have thankfully taught him enough manners not to use that against me, lol. All three of us still have a lot to learn together though! :) Prayers would be appreciated in our journey.
    07-27-2012, 06:56 PM
I look forward to seeing more updates on your journey together! I have a 3 month old colt and he's so much fun!
    10-16-2012, 08:54 PM
Update on Finn and Legend: They are doing very well and will be 6 and 7 months this weekend. They are halter broken, lead, tie, stand for the vet and the farrier and we are starting trailer loading. Today, Legend hopped right in, though it took a little persuading to get Finn to get in. However, one thing that is still a linger issue (maybe I am just being overly sensitive and taking it personally), is that at feeding time, they will pin their ears at me. No matter how many times I push/ drive them away and only let them come forward when they unpin their ears, it never seems to sink in with them. It is the same thing day in and day out no matter if I am feeding them their hay or their grain. :/ It is only marginally better when I separate them, but I still get the ear pinning as they try to shoulder me out of the way. I don't let them, and I will even take their food away until they straighten up, but they aren't getting the hint and they are back to their old behavior. I know they are still young and learning, but I want them to learn proper manners now. Help!!
    10-16-2012, 11:51 PM
Originally Posted by Ripper    
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.
WOAHHH - 12 weeks is young to wean a foal, I wouldn't wean till around 9 months depending on the condition of the mare. This is more in line with the natural process and less traumatic for mother and baby.
This is shocking to hear about your orphan foals - does not surprise me however - nothing would surprise me when it comes to money and the making of it. Another sad indictment on the human species.

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