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.