Has anyone had a mare wean her own baby?
Dancer and Rain cannot stand to be separated - Rain at five months old cleared a five foot fence from a standing start. She more recently jumped a five foot woven wire fence when she charged out the gate and suddenly realized she was separated from her mommy.
We'd just about decided we were going to have to sell Rain just to get her weaned, when we noticed Dancer wasn't letting her nurse. Nothing wrong with Dancer - no irritation of her teats or bag. It's just that when Rain would try to nurse (which isn't very often we've noticed), Dancer would move her leg to block her or just walk away. Rain wouldn't try again.
Dancer's udder now looks almost like it did before she got pregnant, and we haven't seen Rain try to nurse at all for well over a week. Granted, it's very possible that she may be nursing when we aren't looking, but they are right next to the house and we do keep a pretty close eye on them after the October incident with DJ. Dancer's weight has suddenly exploded - and daughter has been working her lightly to build her muscle back up.
Any thoughts? And please - no bashing this time. It's a simple question...