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post #1 of 32 Old 08-03-2011, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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When to start weaning

I was wondering at what age is it best to start weaning? Our little Charlie is picking up alot of his mothers bad habits such as biting, wont let you near him to catch him, and if you do get close he will try to kick. I took he out the other day and his personality changed I walked right up to him and put the halter on. If she is in there he wont let me near him. He is eating hay and drinking water fine and I hardly ever see him nursing. What do you all think? Everything I have seen and heard says to wean anywhere from 3-6 months of age if they are healthy which he is.
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post #2 of 32 Old 08-03-2011, 02:48 PM
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I dont have much breeding experience but people round my way tend to wean around 4-5 months. Three months seems a little early but that could be the breeders bias and not the 'proper' age.

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This is little Charlie who isnt little anymore. LOL.

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post #4 of 32 Old 08-04-2011, 12:49 PM
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We wean around 4-5 months but he should be eating a quality Jr or complete feed first. They are easier to wean when they are already eating feed first. This will keep him from getting a big bloated weanling belly. Looks like hes already getting a bit ribby. Tword the end the mares milk has very little nutritional value. Our foals start eating feed at 1.5 to 2 months.
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post #5 of 32 Old 08-04-2011, 01:01 PM
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This, to me, is less of a weaning issue and a matter of maybe needing to address some behavior/training issues with both horses.
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Maybe I missed it, but how old is he?

Have you dewormed him yet? I taught my baby to deworm by feeding him applesauce in an empty deworming tube. I would halter him, raise his head slightly and squirt the applesauce in the space between his teeth just like I was deworming him. Then to deworm, I would give some applesauce before the dewormer, give the dewormer, and then another squirt of applesauce. My baby loves deworming time!

I do think they are easier to work with once separated because they can't hide behind eachother and you can work with each horse individually.

I didn't wean my colt until 7 months though.

Like others have said, get him on a high quality foal feed first to make weaning easier. Even at 7 months and eating like a pig, my foal still did not gain any weight in the month or so after weaning. So your guy, being younger and thinner, might loose weight if you wean him now.
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We geberally wean at 3-4 months, depending on the foal. As long as he's eating hard feed and/or pasture he'll be fine.
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I agree with all of the answers and especially love the applesauce thing. we do that too. haha but anyway i would do no later than 6 months. 4-5 is like the prime time for it. I think that's your best bet.

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post #9 of 32 Old 08-04-2011, 03:40 PM
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trailhorserider....that is a terrific idea!!! Makes me want to go and worm my horse!!! LOL

tanya, I was always told that 4-7months is the prime time to wean, but like others said, get him used to feed and what not....

He is looking great tanya!!! I love him!! Hes such a handsome guy!!!
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post #10 of 32 Old 08-04-2011, 04:00 PM
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I weaned Finn early at 3 months (under guidance from the vet) and Fiona late at nearly 7 months. Fiona is quite a bit larger than Finn was at the same age, but I don't know how much of that is from weaning later, and how much is better care/feeding/support of the mare through pregnancy and nursing. (Finn was already 2 months old when I bought him and his dam).

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