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.
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 he's 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.
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.
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.
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).