So, let's say that my mare stays fit and healthy and does bloody well over winter (which she usually does) and has no trouble keeping the foal going well, would it be bloody awful of me to leave them to their own devices concerning weaning?
I will be in the south island for the whole year and I don't expect my parents or brothers to wean my horses or do anything other than checking them and giving them food and love So my plan is to just leave Panacea on Freya and for her to wean herself when it's right for both of them. Is this really awful of me?
They are in a large paddock by the house, constantly watched 24 and fed once a day with hay ad-lib. Winter is coming up here in NZ and Freya usually does very well but I usually cover her. She has been uncovered since foaling but it's been summer so no biggy.
If Freya was to loose condition then I would ask my parents to start seperating them with an electirc tape so they can still talk and see each other but Freya gets a chance to fatten up.
So, what are your thoughts? I've never seen a foal left on its dam for more than 6 months. Same with cattle. I'm not to on to it with how it works in the wild but I guess the foal stays on the dam until the next foal is due? So would it be all that awful to let Pan stay on Freya until I am back in the North and able to get them working?
Sorry for the novel. Thanks for reading