Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
1) How do I best wean the foal under these circumstances?
You won't be taking the mare with you, so he'll be weaned once you take him away from his mother. He should already be eating solid foods.
2) I do not know if the foal has had a halter. What do I do about this? It may not have been handled much.
Um, buy him a halter.
If he hasn't been handled much, plan on plenty of time to try and get the halter on him. If you're on a time schedule, you're going to have to throw that completely out the window.
3) How do I trailer the horse with the least stress as possible? Sedate? I have a couple of gildings I could trailer with the foal.
Sedation is one idea, and if you have a gelding (not gilding) that trailers quietly and who gets along with youngsters, take him with you.
4) After getting the horse home, do I separate it by a fence from the two gildings, or do I put them all together in a 1/4 acre lot?
How much land do you have? 3 horses on 1/4 acre is far too many horses on far too little land.
There should be an adjustment period, yes. Let him see the other two, but don't let him interact just yet.
5) I have trained young adult horses, but not a weanling. What is the best educational source to give the horse the best start possible?
A trainer who is experienced in handling and training youngsters.
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