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post #1 of 8 Old 03-16-2012, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Weaning Care

So I was guna wait until my colt was six months old to wean he's five months now and I think I'm guna go ahead and wean him. I think the mare is is ready for him to be weaned because she doesn't want him nursing anymore she kicks him away and I think she's ready and so is he. I know most of you on here told me to take the mare some were out of sight were he can not here her. What I'm guna do is (the lady I bought my mare from told me to do this, it's what she does) is put the mare in a stall and the colt in a stall were they can see each other but he can not nurse off of her, I have a stall so that they can not get out if he try's to climb over or something like that and the wall are high so he can't jump them. Then after a few days move my colt out with his buddy (my gelding, they get along like two peas in a pod LOL) away from the barn in another pasture were they can't see or hear each other. So that's what I'm guna do there. So she told me she need's to only eat hay and no grain because that helps her dry up faster. So that's what I'm guna do there!!! I know that I don't need to ride her why she is drying up because she will be uncomfortable sence she's drying up. Is there anything certain I need to do with her, like lead her on short little walks around the barn, or something? And then when should I get the colt gelded?
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I have weaned at five months before. I did it because the mare could not hold her weight. The mare and foal had been in a double paddock that had two stalls and we just put the fence back in the middle of the paddock. That way mom and baby could touch noses anytime they wanted to. There was no stress no fuss. The only thing about this is if momma is still wanting to nurse the foal (and it sounds like yours is done) she can lean against the fence and the foal can nurse through the fence.

Personally, I like this way because there is no stress to anyone. If your mare is uncomfortable, yes, don't ride, but don't be so sure she is uncomfortable. If she is already startign to wean the baby, her milk production is already going done. She was definatly appreciate being takin out for walks or light riding. I don't think I would take her for a six hour trail ride, but an hour of playing should be just fine.

As for gelding the colt the answer is it depends. If you are at a boarding stable, they may say no ungelded colts over ______ age. I have seen that age as low as six months. If you want a thicker horse, geld later - like two years. If you want a taller horse, geld sooner, six months will be fine.

If you know you are not going to keep him a stallion, geld him before he annoys you. I had an Arab colt who at eight months turned into an absolute idiot. I was not going to keep him a stud, so off they went!! A month later he was back to sweet and great.

My current gelding we kept going back and forth on if we were going to geld him (and hind sight being 20/20 I wish we had kept him a stallion) we finally gelded him at two only because I was having trouble finding boarding stables who would have a stallion in full care. Because he went so long, even as a 14 year old gelding, he has a lot of the looks of a stallion. Personality wise, he was a nicer stallion then gelding - and for those who will poo poo me about saying I should have kept him a stallion, look up Norsk San Diego - my horse's full brother - and get back to me...
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Ya i don't keep him at a stable or anything just on my dads farm :) And thanks for telling me this stuff, its always nice to learn somen new :)
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Years ago my mare had a foal i did the weaning the same way your going to do it worked just fine. I did not put them back together for a year just to make sure momma would let him nurse again. When i did put them back together she would have no part of the trying to nurse part. Also i gelded my colt at 7 months old had no ill effects he grew up to be 15.2 1/2 hand tall.
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So should I wait a year to let them back together?
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Some mares like to nurse their foals for years... I had one who after seperating them for four months, she went right back to suckling the baby - and I use baby loosely as by that time she was a year old! We actually had to keep them seperated for two years...

But every other mare I have dealt with, which has only been four so I am no absolute source, they were fine to go back together within a month or so.

BUT - don't put them back together until the colt is gelded. I bought a kid's horse who turned out to be in foal - she had been turned out with a seven month old Perch colt. Those boys can suprise you at how soon they are 'functional'.
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It all depends on your mare i tryed putting them back together after two months and he went right back to nursing and she let him.You will just have to see how it works out but do get him gelded first.
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oh ya he's already mounting her, im guna get him fixed next month
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