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        03-16-2007, 12:15 PM

    I have a question, we just had our first baby March 10 and I was wonderfing how long is the weaning process? He is the cutiest little thing, he is Belgain and Fjord cross. Thanks, Kim
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        03-16-2007, 01:28 PM
    If I am not mistaken my colt was taken from him mom around 4 months old. I am not a hundred percent sure but 4 months is rining a bell for some reason.
    Congrats on the baby...

        03-19-2007, 04:18 PM
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    Congratulations on your new baby! I bet he is adorable. The weaning process will depend a lot on the baby and your mare. Some mares are no problem to wean from their babies and others will do anything to get back to them. We usually wean ours around 5 months or so. My mare is so attached to her babies that it makes it very difficult to wean the babies off her. I just about have to take her or the baby off the farm for a couple of months. Be sure you have a well behaved teacher horse for baby to go with to replace mom when you wean and keep saftey in mind for both baby and mama.
        03-20-2007, 06:16 AM
    No rush! 4 months if you HAVE to, like the mare is ill or somehting.

    6 months is also a bit on the early side, but at least the foals will have gotten used to eating enough on their own so they won't loose weight during weaning.

    I prefer if the foal is not sold, to keep the foal with the mare until at least 8 months. Not until then the foals intestins are developed enough to be able to feed on their own.

    If my mare is pregnant again I don't have to worry, she weans her baby herself at about 8-10 months of age!

    The absolut most important before weaning is that the foal is in good health, have enough fat and can eat the calories they need by themselves.
        03-22-2007, 12:38 PM
    I have to agree with sweetwaterarabians and says it depends on the mare and foal. Common age I wold say is six months, but I have done it as early as five and on the other hand still have an almost seven month with momma still. She isn't producing milk anymore but I still have got them together..... I'll be weaning them soon though.

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