Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
We wean no earlier than 6 months. If mom looks like she is not doing so well, we will change diet/add more concentrate to help her out, but early weaning for us is a last resort. Last year most of the babies were about 7 months. We wean cold turkey. Simply move all of the moms to paddocks at the other side of the farm and leave the babes in the familiar field. All the babies have known eachother from birth, so it is pretty painless.
We also usually introduce SHORT periods of separation beforehand - like when we breed mom back, for farrier work etc. It seems to help.
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork