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  • Foal lost voice weaning
  • Weaning donkey time

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    01-16-2012, 08:20 PM
Weaning Help Please......

This is my first time weaning a horse and I need help. I have had to start weaning my 6 month old mini donkey. He was getting to aggressive with his pregnant mom. He is in another pasture with our big horses, but he paces up and down at the gate that goes into his moms pasture. He has lost his voice from calling to her so much. I tried setting it up so that they couldn't sniff noses, but he was getting to stressed out with that. So I decided to set it up so that him and his mom can touch noses. He still isn't calming down. Any advice?
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    01-16-2012, 08:24 PM
If he is so upset and he does have buddies, he needs to think his mom is gone and rely on his buddies. No nose contact, no any kind of contact. His mom needs to be far away from him so he can't hear her or see her or smell her.
    01-16-2012, 08:43 PM
How will no contact help?
    01-16-2012, 08:54 PM
He gets over it. That is how proper weaning is done.
    01-17-2012, 03:06 AM
Weaning is hard as an owner....but warebear is right! At the moment your just teasing him with having his mum so near yet so far! All contact has to be broken when weaning. My mare went to my other field so the foal couldn't see, smell or hear her. He will settle quicker than you think
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    01-17-2012, 11:25 AM
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Each mare and every foal take weaning differently. My mom weaned her filly in November. It was the mare's second foal, and we had no issues weaning the first with just a fence line in between. But we had issues with weaning the second foal, no problems with the filly, it was the mom who was flipping out. She has major anxiety issues, and paced the fence separating her from her filly for about two weeks before she settled down. For her, it would have been worse if her filly were out of sight and hearing range (she once busted herself up by breaking through a well made stall door at the vet's barn shortly before she was bred AI because she couldn't see or hear anyone from her herd). Baby will eventually settle down after some time :)
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    01-17-2012, 01:12 PM
The farther away I have him from her the worst he gets. So for now I think I am going to just leave him where he is. This morning they were eating right next to eachother and doing great. This is the first time that he has eaten in two days.
    01-17-2012, 09:49 PM
I remove either the foal or the mare from the premises for at least 3 months. That way, there's no chance of them hearing/smelling each other and it stops the fretting within hours, not days or weeks.
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    01-17-2012, 09:58 PM
I know at the horse center I go to, people bring in their weanlings to be halter broke and weaned at the same time. The mares bring them in, then they go back on the trailer and to where they came from. It is best that way. I weaned my mare's first foal by putting both my mares on our property about a mile away, the colt and our older gelding on the property at my house.
    01-17-2012, 10:09 PM
When I weaned my foals, I just moved the broodmares to another pasture next to all the foals, and after 2-3 days all was normal.
I never moved the mares out of the foals site or hearing distance, I think that would be worse, I have friends that did that and swore they would never do it again, not worth all the problems they had.

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