Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Yes. I attempted to wean my miniature mule filly (now sold) as a 4 month old when my mare got tired of her, but I didn't have another pen to put her in that wasn't already occupied, and she was the oldest of the foals born last year by far so they were all still nursing on their mamas. I decided to just leave her in the pen with the dams and foals and take my mare out, figuring it would be less stressful for the filly to be with her friends than separating her and putting her in with all new horses.
Three weeks later my mare is dried up nicely, but I noticed that the little paint mare with a 2 month old colt was looking a little thin. Want to guess why?
My filly had decided that the mare's milk did just as well as her momma's did, and since the mare was very docile and motherly, she was perfectly happy to let my giant of a mule filly suck off of her while also mothering her little colt ._. needless to say, I had to separate my filly immediately. I'd thought she was at the end of being weaned but in reality she'd just found another mommy! LOL
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them are meant to stay till the end.