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post #1 of 14 Old 03-29-2012, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Purchased a very nice colt, but have a question?

Hello to you all. I am new to the board and this is my very first post. I have had horses for several years. That said i have always purchased my horses at an adult age. Recently i decided to purchasea colt from a gentlemen that had placed an ad on craigslist. In talking with said gentlemen i found him to be pleaseant and he had some very nice horses. The colt that i decided to purchase was only one week old. The Gentlemen i purchased from says he will wean the colt at 3 months. I have looked this up and found the normal age to be somewhere between 4 and 6 months. I talked to him and he will not waiver from 3 months he says he has been doing this 20 years and thats when he weans. OK So that said what do i need to do to assure my colt gets the best care when he comes to my farm. I know he is two young to be placed with my other horses. Would it be best to buy another colt at say 6 months old to put him with. Or is it best to buy a small adult pony to show him the ropes? Also i have been told Purina Equine Jr. is a great feed combined with quality hay will this assure him a great start? Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 14 Old 03-29-2012, 09:32 PM
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I don't have any answers, but maybe ask in the horse health section of the forum. Put a title along the lines of: Please help me prepare to feed a 3 month old weanling!
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post #3 of 14 Old 03-29-2012, 09:32 PM
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Weanlings need to be separated by 4-6 months. It's weird he wants to get rid of them so fast. It's just a weird situation. Does the colt have papers? Is he registered? Is the stallion or the broodmare proven? What is the intended discipline for the horse?

I wouldn't buy another colt to be the colt's "mate". Then you have two colts instead of one. Show horse babies are fine on their own, or if you can find a boarding stable with other younger horses, put them out together.

That being said, it depends on your experience level. Colts are an entirely different animal from an adult horse, a weanling is a different animal, a yearling is a different animal, a two-year old is a different animal, etc. I would say if you have a lot of experience breaking 2 year olds, or have a good trainer on your side, you could go for it.

That being said, feed and hay are your best bets. I don't like the idea of weaning at 3 months, could stunt the growth of the foal. But I'm not a vet. :/
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My PMU colt was weaned at 3 months of age (not my choice)....while not ideal......he did well.......it did not stunt his growth....he was only supposed to be 15.1/15.2.....ended up being just over 16 hands.

I would give him his own paddock till he was about a year then introduce him to some quiet well behaved horses......if you have a senior that is good with babies then you could introduce them almost right away.

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I have a 12 year old mare that is an excellent horse. To my knowlege she has never been bred. I was thinking about introducing them slowly when the time came. Definetely an option.
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post #6 of 14 Old 03-29-2012, 10:04 PM
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I always thought that they were weaned between 4-6months as well, but obviously it depends on the horse/breeder/situation. As far as the Equine Junior goes, I have had great success with it! My horse will be 2 next month, and I have had him on it for several months (found out about late) and the difference is like night and day.

I did get my horse at 10months, and he was turned out in a pasture with about 9-10other horses, the youngest being 6. Not the smartest idea what so ever, but it worked for my horse and I. He got beat up quite a bit the first month or so but learned the way things work rather quickly. As far as where you should put him, depends on how he is, and how your horses are. Some horses are great with babies, others arent. Good Luck!
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99% of babies weaned at three months will do just fine. We always wean at 3-4 months. As long as he is eating well on his own hell do fine.
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We had to wean a foal at 3 months due to unforeseen circumstances. She thrived and did wonderfully. I had 4 other horses that were in with her and her dam so they were all used to eachother, and they look care of her once mom was gone. It worked out well for us.

Do you have a "babysitter" horse, one that is super calm and loves babies or has a strong maternal instinct? I'd suggest putting the baby with that horse once you get it home. I wouldn't suggest purchasing another foal just for the sake of the 3 month old. You could, but if you have another horse that will do well with a foal, it's completely unnecessary.

My 3 month old was eating hay and grain all by herself and I did not need to supplement any type of milk replacer or anything for her. She did great.

Good luck and we'd love to see some pictures when you get them!

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When I bought my mare she had a 3 month old filly at her side that didn't come with her. I'm sure I could have bought her, but I wasn't really prepared for a foal and the foal wasn't included in the asking price of the mare.

So we hauled momma off and left baby behind. It really broke my heart, but I thought my family would kill me if I bought home a mare AND foal. I was pushing my luck buying the mare.

The guy assured me the foal was old enough to wean and wasn't worried about it at all.

Anyway, I talked to the guy I bought the mare from about a year later and he said the foal got sick and almost died. Eventually she pulled through and they sold her to someone. I don't know WHY the foal got sick, but I feel it was a result of me taking her mother away because she was fine when I went and looked at them. So that made me feel like crud! I wish he would have called me- I would have went back for the baby.

Anyway, that's neither here not there. But I would never want to wean one that young after that experience.

The mare I bought ended up being pregnant and I ended up with a foal anyway! That's them in my avatar. I ended up weaning him at 7 months. Now they are back together because she keeps him in line.
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Both my vet and a couple books I've read said that a mare's milk drops wayyyy down in quality by 3 months and that it doesn't hurt a bit to wean foals that young as long as they weren't ill in any way and were healthy and eating on their own.

When I had my one and only foal, we weaned at almost 3 1/2 months and she did just fine, was very growthy and a good girl. She didn't even miss mom at that point because I would leave her in the round pen and ride the mare since she was about 2 weeks old, for short amounts of time.

Can't wait to see some pics of your new baby! I wouldn't put him in with anything right at the start, they really bond to whatever they are around when pulled off mom, so I'd leave him separated for at least a month or so and handle him as much as possible. Everyone will have different opinions though. Go with what you think is best.
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