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Taydon 10-14-2007 10:44 PM

Weaning my Baby
HELP!!! Ok i took my filly away from mom but i want to put them in the same pen sometime again. How long do i need to wait before putting them together again?

Vidaloco 10-15-2007 09:24 AM

I seperated my babys for 4 months. and now they are together with their moms again. It can take 6 months to a year. If after you put them back together they start trying to suck you can seperate them again but I doubt mom will let her. Keep an eye on mom for her to dry up. It helps if you have another horse to put the baby in with but if you don't be strong and keep them seperated. Some say a mother will wean the baby herself after time but that isn't always true. Its sad to see a 1-2 year old still sucking on her mom :wink:

Taydon 10-18-2007 01:06 AM

ok thank you for the help

misita 10-18-2007 09:53 PM

I was going to say at least a couple months. Best if you can put baby with another baby. If not, I've had mom and baby share a fence but it must be safe enough that the baby can't stick her head through, or even try, to nurse.

Even though the moms appear dried up, and they may be, they can start nursing their babies again if your too quick. I learned that one the hard way.

Good luck.

Vidaloco 10-19-2007 09:22 AM

I have a mare who is still lactating almost 2 years after baby was born. I guess she is just a gurnsey cow and not a horse :) She is with her "baby" but she doesn't dare try to nurse. :evil:

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