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post #11 of 14 Old 08-09-2013, 06:10 PM
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A animal with enough desire to mother a baby will adopt any baby. When I was 12 my parents bought me a 3 month old colt as my first horse ( I know, I know, they were NOT horse people) They put my new colt in the same pen as our milk cow. Well, withing 24 hours, Mavis had adopted the colt & was letting him suck.

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I pasture my cows with a friend's and he has an ancient cow that if given the opportunity will "steal" calves from other cows. We've seen her with 3 calves all nursing at the same time, 2 of which were "stolen". She calved about a month later than the rest of the herd this year (her AI didn't take and it took the cleanup bull a while to get her) and it was pretty heartbreaking to watch her desperately trying to steal calves and the other cows who have wised up to her ways wouldn't let her anywhere near their babies.
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post #13 of 14 Old 08-10-2013, 12:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Barrelracingllamalover View Post
Yes, a mare will sometimes nurse another mares foal. I've seen it happen.
Same here, one of my neighbors former mares nursed two foals that wasn't hers.

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post #14 of 14 Old 08-23-2013, 06:26 PM
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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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