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post #1 of 8 Old 04-22-2010, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Week old filly!!!!

Sorry for it being LONG!!!!!

So, I was talking to one of my friends earlier this week and one of there pony mares d a nice lil filly..
They are sell the mom TOMORROW and the people dont want the baby I got offered the chance to buy her for
but the ony bad part about the situation is that she is only like a week old... so now i only have a little bit to figure out IF i can get her or not.. I went to the store pice out milke replacer and maybe have a milking goat lined up..
so i guess we will no TOMORROW!!!

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post #2 of 8 Old 04-23-2010, 08:47 AM
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I think that is a real shame and rather irresponsible to sell the mare with a little baby relying on her. I know there is can be an extenuating circumstance but to my mind a change of plan would be in order till the little girl is weaned.

Great for you though, if you can get her. Lots of work though and a tough road ahead. But what a chance to get a special bond with your next partner.

Maybe you could find a foster mare close by?

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post #3 of 8 Old 04-23-2010, 09:49 AM
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Wow. What a sad situation.
As far as I know, (never having dealt with one myself) hand raising a horse can cause lots of problems.. I'd look for a foster mare first, but those can be terribly hard to find.
Good luck, be sure to post lots of pics so we can see how she's doing and how cute she is.

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post #4 of 8 Old 04-23-2010, 10:05 AM
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This is your friend that is doing this?

Please tell me your post is just not clear and they are keeping the mare and the filly together until she is the right age to wean.
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Here are a couple of websites about raising an orphaned foal or a foal without a mare
Feeding the Orphan Foal
Foal Rearing by Hand Without a Mare
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post #6 of 8 Old 04-23-2010, 11:17 AM
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Barring extreme extenuating circumstance, I can't find a reason for anyone of good conscience to enter into such a sale. A responsible seller would either wait for the foal to be weaned before selling the mare or require a package sale. Sorry, but the entire situation leaves a rather bad taste in my mouth. I find distaste for a seller willing to make such a sale and a buyer willing to make such a purchase.
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post #7 of 8 Old 04-23-2010, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Ok I have some Good and Bad news..

The bad news is that im not getting her..

THE GOOD NEWS IS.. I talked the buyer into keeping the foal!! It took some convincing but they are taking HER!! =) =) =) =)

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glad to hear the foal could stay with the mare. there is NO GOOD REASON to pull a baby off it's mother at that age except in extreme extenuating circumstances.

for some really good info on nurse mare foals and the one that is the poster child of ever after horse rescue, check out her story here:

a rescue story...

she nearly died bc her immune system was so compromised from the lack of colostrum and proper initial nursing that she wound up with an internal septic infection. in addition to massive fluctuation in body temperature, she also had joint abscesses where the infection settled and eventually opened and drained. eventually that led to her skin being sloughed off from the infection seeping through her skin and having to treat her like a sever burn victim. her road to recovery is long, and harrowing, but she is healthy and happy and just about a year old now!

ANYONE who would do that to a horse is just wrong...

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