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post #1 of 21 Old 05-03-2011, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Weaning question

Please pardon my ignorance, but this is a first for me. How long should momma and baby be separated while weaning?

Rain and Dancer have been separated since 03/19/11, but Dancer - good momma that she is, still has milk. Granted, after the first week, we had to increase the degree of separation because Rain was sticking her head in between the bars of the round pen and nursing that way, so we switched horses around and put Dancer in the back pasture and Rain in the round pen - which is in the front lot, so they can't get within 100 feet of each other.

I can lead Dancer past the round pen and she and Rain completely ignore each other now, and haven't called to each other in nearly a month. I'd like to get Rain out of the round pen so she can run, but I don't want to go back to square one with the weaning.

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post #2 of 21 Old 05-04-2011, 05:55 PM
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You should be fine now. Typically it takes about a month to fully wean a baby.

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post #3 of 21 Old 05-04-2011, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Even though Dancer still has milk?

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post #4 of 21 Old 05-04-2011, 08:36 PM
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You can try it. See what they do. Most likely your mare won't let her nurse now.

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Okay. I guess worst case scenario we just put Rain back in the round pen!

Thanks guys!

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I had to do it twice with my mare last year but I only had to keep them apart one more week. Try it and see.

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post #7 of 21 Old 05-04-2011, 09:17 PM
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yeah same here i had to do it twice, seperated them for a month and then put them together, he went back to nurse and i seperated them for a week and viola they were weaned!


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I weaned my colt 2 1/2 months ago and still haven't put them back together because momma is still dripping milk too. Maybe I should try it.

I have a feeling momma will want him to nurse though, because the few times I have let them come in contact with each other over the fence, momma was really nickering and friendly, and baby was more interested in his hay. But it's almost like his momma wants him back.

I don't know if she will ever dry up. She has been dripping for months!
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I haven't had that issue with Dancer, although admittedly she did sidle up to the bars of the round pen so Rain could nurse. Once we switched them out, though, Dancer was completely uninterested in Rain.

She's not dripping milk, and her bag is nowhere near full. She just still has enough milk that you can express it without trying very hard. It's pretty thin looking, too. I don't know that there is as much nutrition in it as there used to be.

We're taking Dancer to the vet on Friday for shots, fecal and pregnancy check. (We do NOT want her to be pregnant, but daughter's little rescued gelding turned out to be intact after all.) Vet doesn't think she's pregnant, but with our luck...

(Daughter gave me a cute little dog for my birthday a couple of weeks a go - Pug/Chihuhua cross, supposedly - but she's pretty good sized for a cross like that. She's about a year old and turns out she's not only not been spayed as daughter had been advised, but...yup, she's pregnant!)

I know this thread wasn't about a dog, but I just wanted you to see how my luck has been running lately!

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Wow Dee, there must be something in the water at your place, with everyone pregnant and all!

Maybe if my girl is still dripping (and she definitely is) I need to wait a while longer. I would really like for Zane to be able to share a fence line with his mom though!
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