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post #1 of 3 Old 11-13-2008, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Weaning Poppy & Meggy going away.

I'm not sure how to do this, so I'm asking you guys what you would suggest, or how you have done it yourselves.
Poppy is still with Meg, she's 7 and a half months now. I know some of you believe that weaning should be done earlier, but my mare has been very happy to have Poppy around still, she hasn't lost condition or anything, infact she's still rather plump, and my foaling stable which they are still in on a night, is huge.

One of my friends is taking Meggy on loan for 6 months to a year, possibly longer, so I need to know what to expect from Poppy, and any advice I need to give my friend regarding Meg etc. Its still a learning curve for me, so I'm hoping you guys can help me out. Pretty please. Meggy is leaving a week Sunday coming.

Thanks in advance. And doughnuts or cookies for anyone who takes the time to read my thread, thankyou.
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-13-2008, 05:30 PM
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I just went through the weaning process myself about 3 weeks ago and boy, was I a nervous nelly!
I can say that it worked out really well and there was nothing to be worried about. I took my mare to a boarding facility and left my 4 month colt at home with my Dad's mare. I had a stall fixed up with hog panels on the top of our stalls so that if he got the urge to rear or try jumping out of the open top stalls in the evening. I am so glad that I did it cold turkey with him. Ace called for a couple days, but we just continued everything as usual and kept the same routine and I think he settled down nicely and quickly. All is back to normal- I think it was harder on me than him personally!
My mare was treating it like a vacation and was loving every minute of it- way to funny. She was running around in the pasture and just enjoying her alone time!
Good luck to you!
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post #3 of 3 Old 11-16-2008, 07:45 PM
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I would slowly start taking her away about 2-3 days before Maggie leaves. Maybe for a couple of hours each day. The one thing you have to watch is to be sure that Maggie does not get mastitis when she does leave! Good luck to you!
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