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post #1 of 7 Old 07-19-2010, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Weanig early!!! Need advice please!!!

So I purchased My colt when he was about 3 weeks old. Long story short the lady that ownes the mare is abusing her horses. She just started beating my colt. I can tell by the way he is acting around me and he has several marks on his body and face. My baby's mom is underweight, has abcesses in 2 feet and is already biting at my colt when he's nursing. He is 11 weeks old today. My colt also has abcesses in 2 of his feet, and the lady will not let me on the property regularly to take care of him. I'm only allowed to see him when she's there which is about every 3 days. So...I have a good friend with a mare that also has a 5 month old foal who has agreed to let my colt live at her place till he's old enough. Am I making a mistake removing him this early?
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-19-2010, 06:26 PM
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At 11 weeks, no. Tons of people wean at 3 months (12 weeks), and it's considered common practice with big name breeders/showers. If your colt is being abused, and not getting his proper food from a malnourished dam anyway, you will be doing them both a favor by removing him. As you've already purchased him, it's the age MOST breeders would be letting you take him home anyway.

Speak to your local vet about starting him on the best possible nutrient rich diet ASAP. You will actually do him MORE good by removing him now and packing him with nutrients then letting him continue to suckle at a nutrient deficient dam.

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-19-2010, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much for the advice! It just makes me more confident that I'm making the right decision for both my colt and the mare. BTW your horses are really cute!
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-19-2010, 08:04 PM
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Thanks! Do you have pics of your boy yet?

You're definitely making the right decision - a lot of people like to wean later because they believe it produces stronger and better adjusted foals, but there is really no scientific evidence behind that. Considering most top champions were likely produced on a business breeding farm and weaned at that age, it's hard to say for sure. However, those horses are also receiving top nutrition as weanlings - taking a 3 month old away from his dam and tossing him on grass isn't a good idea at all and will probably have serious consequences.

All the best in your endeavors, I'm so sorry you're having to experience such a useless human being. Kudos for trying to do everything you can for your foal!

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post #5 of 7 Old 01-21-2011, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Do you have pics of your boy yet?

You're definitely making the right decision - a lot of people like to wean later because they believe it produces stronger and better adjusted foals, but there is really no scientific evidence behind that. Considering most top champions were likely produced on a business breeding farm and weaned at that age, it's hard to say for sure. However, those horses are also receiving top nutrition as weanlings - taking a 3 month old away from his dam and tossing him on grass isn't a good idea at all and will probably have serious consequences.

All the best in your endeavors, I'm so sorry you're having to experience such a useless human being. Kudos for trying to do everything you can for your foal!
I know its been awhile but just wanted to thank you again for great advice! He is doing soo good! getting bigger every day. Here are pix of his progress.
















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post #6 of 7 Old 01-21-2011, 04:00 PM
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Cute baby! I really like the one of him running. But the one with both horses laying down is a close second.

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post #7 of 7 Old 01-22-2011, 12:16 PM
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Aww, he is adorable!

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