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    09-06-2010, 04:36 PM
Weaning the babies

I was just woundering at what age do some of you wean your babies or think its best? We just tool our two babies away from the moms and personally I think the filly was still about a month too young. Our colt is 6 months so she is about 5 months old.
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    09-06-2010, 09:25 PM
I personally, don't like to wean any younger than 6 months but there are tons of people out there that wean at 4 and 5 months with no issues. My boy didn't get weaned until about 9 months though simply because we didn't have a secure enough pen to keep him contained before that LOL.
    09-06-2010, 10:15 PM
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I wean usully at 6 months as well, though ALOT do it anytime after 3 months, or as soon as the foal has started eating solid foods & drinking water regularly.
    09-07-2010, 05:35 PM
For me, it depends on the mare and foal, when I feel they are ready for it. Usually around 5-6 months, sometimes 4 months. I haven't gone longer than 6, but I would if I felt it necessary.
    09-16-2010, 01:41 AM
My mares have let me know when they're ready to wean the colts. In the beginning it's an all you can eat buffet, but when the foals get older and start part-time grazing, the mares don't give it as readily it seems. They'll pin their ears back a little and maybe lift a hind foot and stamp, but let it eat. I would have been comfortable weaning mine at 7-8 months, but had to wait for a borrowed round pen to be delivered, so it was about 10. I kept the foals all together in a big round pen in a different field for the first 5 or 6 days so they couldn't touch noses with their mothers, and the mothers would stay nearby for the first couple of days, then gradually go further and further off down the field. The foals ended up having fun playing with eachother and didn't get too bent out of shape.
    09-19-2010, 10:43 AM
My filly was weaned at 3 1/2 months, simply because she was taking a lot of weight off of momma. She did perfectly fine, and was weaned with her 4 other herd mates the same day, so they all went through it together and did fine. One of the fillies she was weaned with was just 3 months, and she did fine as well, she had a little trouble eating for a couple days, but now she is perfectly fine, and Rumour's best friend!
It really depends on your mare, then situation, and the weather. I wouldn't wean on one of the hottest weeks, or months, because the mare and foal are working themselves up so much, and the heat on top of that would be threatening to their health. We weaned on a cool, misty day.
    10-11-2010, 02:47 PM
We weaned our first foal at 6months, no problems for him or his mom. We rebred the same mare a few years later, and pulled her baby at 4 months, it just took way to much out of her mom. Baby did awesome. We are now in the middle of weaning (it's been 2 weeks) our newest baby who is now 5 1/2 months old. (out of my show mare) We did it at 5 months because my mare is rebred, and isn't always the easiest keeper. I didn't want to pull her down on weight while she's pregnant. Baby seems to be doing well with weaning, was a little depressed, but she's with our 15mo old filly to keep her company. I really think it depends on the mare and the foal, what is best for them. :)
    10-11-2010, 03:02 PM
My foals were weaned at 5 months. Their doing wonderful!
    10-11-2010, 04:31 PM
Rain is a whopper at three months, but she's not pulling momma down any, so I'm not too worried about it yet. Rain is already eating very well and I rarely see her nursing anymore - even then it's only for a couple of seconds, then she's off again. Momma doesn't seem to care one way or the other. Rain may just be weaning herself, I guess.
    10-12-2010, 12:39 AM
Originally Posted by dee    
Rain is a whopper at three months, but she's not pulling momma down any, so I'm not too worried about it yet. Rain is already eating very well and I rarely see her nursing anymore - even then it's only for a couple of seconds, then she's off again. Momma doesn't seem to care one way or the other. Rain may just be weaning herself, I guess.

Rumour was doing the same thing a week before I weaned her. It was as if she only nursed because she was thirsty and didn't want to walk all the way to the water trough lol

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