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    09-07-2010, 05:04 PM
Green Broke
Weaning problems.

So most of you know about snowflake and Sparta. And how snowflake is in her late 20s. (we didn't breed her! Be bought her already bred!) now I don't own snowflake. Just sparta. But because she's so old and feeding a colt she dropped weight drastically. And we have no means of weaning a colt besides stabling one of them 24/7. Plus we are lacking the grass atm and that's no good to help snowflake pick up weight. So we boarded snowflake and another horse on a 25 acre pasture for a month to wean sparta and help her pick up weight. Here we are a month later and snowflake's bag is still as full as ever. And we bring her home. And at first she doesn't like sparta suck, and she squeals and paws him away. But the next day he's back to sucking and we are back to square one. Sparta will be 6 months old on the 9th of this month. And I am at a loss on what to do when they just will NOT wean. Snowflake is now having to be stalled daily to keep sparta away from her. And what can we do to dry up those bags??
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    09-07-2010, 05:14 PM
It just takes time. Shoot, I weaned Rafe back in like April and Bess still has a bag (not huge, but there). He got out the other day and the first thing he did is go back to her and try to nurse over the fence. The best way to do it would be to find somewhere away that you could keep one of them but since it doesn't appear that is an option, maybe you can rotate keeping them stalled. Keep him turned out during the day and in at night and keep her in during the day and out at night. That way, they both get turnout and exercize but they are being kept separated too.
    09-07-2010, 05:45 PM
Green Broke
True. I'll suggest the swapping. Most people say their foals wean perfectly in about 2 weeks... so I was suprised that a month completely away from each other where they couldn't hear one another would work.. but apparently not! Lol
    09-07-2010, 05:59 PM
Don't feel bad. Apparently, nobody told Rafe about the 2 week rule either. It had been about 4 months since he was weaned but he still wanted to nurse.
    09-07-2010, 11:50 PM
I would say neither one of those babies read the right book.
Silly foals..
    09-08-2010, 06:49 AM
Green Broke
Lol smrobs I think we just have a bunch of momma's boys lol sparta seems VERY independant and we always wants to go riding with us when we go. As we will pace the fence and whinny and any time he see us he comes runnin and knickering. And he is usually off away from snowflake eating. But I guess he just misses that milk lol. He also checks all the other mares for milk as well lol he's just stuck on it lol
    09-08-2010, 01:58 PM
We're going to cheat. Daughter got a job apprenticing with a horse trainer. She's not getting paid in cash, but the trainer has agreed to let her have one or two of our horses at her place for training. Daughter's really spooky Paso Fino mare is there now, and is really coming along.

When Rain is old enough, we'll take Dancer over to the trainer's for a couple of months - which will accomplish two things in one - Rain gets weaned and Dancer gets brushed up on her training!

(I can't wait for daughter to get trained to the point where she can learn to start colts - she can practice on Rain! (BTW - this trainer is an awsomely patient trainer who can handle daughter's horse's waywardness as easly as she can handle my daughter's waywardness! They are both doing great!)

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