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    09-13-2007, 09:31 PM
Weaning foal early!!!

Hey all, So here is the story, I found the colt of my dreams about 5 weeks ago, went and seen him, loved him, and I bought him!! I was going to wait tell he got weaned and then bring him home. (He was born July 4th) Wanted him to stay with mom tell he was about 5-6 months. Well I get a phone call a week later and the owner of the mare said mare is getting really under weight and he knew I wanted to start woking with baby so he said why don't you just come get mom and baby. Well at the time I thought great, I will be able to work with the colt now and not wait the 6 months.(They lived 5 hours away) He said just bring mom back when colt was weaned, and made him sign contract saying I wasent reasponsible for vet bills or other things mare will need. He agreed to pay for shoeing, worming, ect and was ok with all. I would pay for food and keep her healthy so the colt would be healthy. Mare was in horrible shape(feet had not been trimmed for SOOO long) And she is just so NASTY!!! Any ways long story short. The mares owner called yesterday and said have the mare back by October 6, because he had sold her. I was like WHAT, colt will only be 3 months old. Well I have no choice but to take her back, its his horse. :( What Im asking is how I can make this as easy as possible for my colt?? He is eating grain and hay like no other. He is not eating off of mom as much any more, not that I am seeing. Im going to get him on Equine Jr starting tomorrow. Any advice would be great!!
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    09-13-2007, 10:52 PM
Three months is very early, but I have heard of it being done before with no hassles.

However, do you think that he would give you the details of the mares new owners, then maybe you could work out some sort of arrangement with them, they might be more sensible then the other guy. Perhaps they do not even know that she has a foal at foot!

Good luck
    09-13-2007, 11:15 PM
4 Months is best, any longer and it does more bad to the mare than good for the baby. I have seen some mares wean there babys on there own at 3 months. Just feed him good feed and all should be fine.
    09-13-2007, 11:15 PM
4 Months is best, any longer and it does more bad to the mare than good for the baby. I have seen some mares wean there babys on there own at 3 months. Just feed him good feed and all should be fine.
    09-14-2007, 12:31 AM
We haven't weaned a foal any older than 5 months, but nothing lower than 4. But it does depend, like Flying B sed. 3 months is possible but you'll have to feed it, it won't grow as strong as if you left it on the mum to 5 months or 4 months. But its better than 2 months....
    09-14-2007, 02:24 AM
What an a-hole... sorry but I had to say it...
    09-14-2007, 07:47 AM
3 months is not the best time, but friends of mine got baby in end of Feb and let it go by the end of May (people wanted him badly). As far as I know baby is doing just great and doesn't care about momma much.
    09-14-2007, 09:15 AM
Ok yeh 3 months to me is really bad to wean at but....b4 I got my filly she was weaned of mum at 3 months old becoz my filly was draining her to much but I really thought that the mare should hav got more food than she did but anyways....
3 months can b dificult but not impossible they just need more attention and you then hav to become mum n teach from right to wrong.
I lik what frog has suggested see if you can get the new owners to come to an arrangment with you coz I really don't belive that they should be weaned till there bout 6-7 months old but that's just me!
    09-14-2007, 12:39 PM
Well I called the "a-hole" yesterday and tried everything I could to get him to reconsider and at least to give me contact info of new owners of the mare. He wouldnt give me any thing. Said he weans his foals all the time around 3 months and they have been just fine. Grrr... Im so happy he sold her though, I dident really want to take her back there to him. She just looked so horrible when I got her, (a good 300lbs under weight, feet just looked painful) its been 5 weeks and she looks so much better. Baby looks pretty good right now, but Im worried when mom leave he is going to lose weight. [img]

So this is Bandit at 2 weeks

These are at almost 6 weeks

HIs eyes are just WONDERFUL!!

    09-14-2007, 12:51 PM
He looks really nice.

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