07-09-2010, 11:39 PM
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Cold turkey. Horses are not humans - realistically, it's actually crueler to keep putting them through the process then having them scream for a day or so. Every time you separate them, it's like the first time all over again - they'll never understand, never learn, they just know you're taking baby away.
Realistically though, the best thing you can do is get them used to being apart at a young age. Zierra was only a couple months old when I started taking her dam out on rides alone. She had Playboy to snuggle up to, and it never much bothered her. The more they're accustomed to it as youngsters, the easier weaning is going to go when they're eating solid food anyway.