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post #21 of 31 Old 07-31-2016, 08:23 PM
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When are you getting him?
I bet you are so excited! Do you know what color he is? Do you have any names picked out that you like? Hope he comes soon, I am anxious to see him!
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post #22 of 31 Old 07-31-2016, 10:41 PM
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Forgot about those blister beetles you have down south! I re call a bunch of show horses dying one year,hauled to a show down south, because the local hay contained blister beetles!
I was going by our local alfalfa, of course, which is great source of protein and Calcium
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post #23 of 31 Old 08-01-2016, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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When are you getting him?
I bet you are so excited! Do you know what color he is? Do you have any names picked out that you like? Hope he comes soon, I am anxious to see him!
I am excited!! They are bringing him up this Saturday. I still don't know what color he is. I guess I'll just have to be patient and be surprised on Saturday- which could be kinda fun. I don't have any name ideas yet- I started thinking about it some today, but I'm not sure where to go with it just yet! :)
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How far is it from where he is now to your relative's and then how far to your place from the relative's? That would be the deciding factor for me. If it's a long haul, 4+ hours, I'd let him lay over for a day and then bring him the 2nd leg. A short haul and I'd just load him up and bring him home, so he's not getting all confused about where he's going to be. He's going to be uncertain and afraid anyhow, but depending on how long a ride he's taking would determine whether he needs to rest or should come on through. As long as there is a divider in the trailer between him and the gelding I'd be fine with having the unknown gelding in the trailer, otherwise, I would haul him home alone even though that can have its own set of problems, getting caught in a small enclosed space with someone who decides want to beat you up isn't one of them. I would keep them separated by 2 fences or dividers of some kind, so they can't touch noses, for at least a month (quarantine for the foal and protection while they get to know each other). After the QT then I'd move them closer, only one fence or divider between them for another month, then in together as long as you're there to supervise for a while and then into a big enough space that the foal can run away from the gelding if needed.
Thank you, that makes sense. He is coming 5+ hours to my relatives, and it will be likely be late at night when he gets there. They are about 30 minutes from me.
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I've always hauled foals by themselves, since most trailers don't have a divider that goes all the way to the floor. A friend of mine had a 3 month old that got caught under its travelling companion after walking under the divider and it was horrid. I find that as long as you're not banging them around back there, taking turns too fast, etc they're fine by themselves. (Unless they're not weaned of course, in which case they should be transported with their dams, but yours is obviously not that situation).

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post #26 of 31 Old 08-01-2016, 04:22 AM
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Thank you, that makes sense. He is coming 5+ hours to my relatives, and it will be likely be late at night when he gets there. They are about 30 minutes from me.
In this case, I'd be there to load him into my trailer and finish the haul and let him rest at home. I agree with Smilie on this one, the fewer layovers and exposure to strange germs the better.
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post #27 of 31 Old 08-01-2016, 10:31 AM
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I don't have knowledge of foals, but just wanted to say best of luck. The motherly instinct will kick in and you will be fine. Will love to see some photo's.
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post #28 of 31 Old 08-01-2016, 11:50 AM
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Of course we want pictures! Who doesn´t love babies.......
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post #29 of 31 Old 08-01-2016, 12:25 PM
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Vet check, vaccinations if needed, deworming if needed. The vet can also set you on a good feeding program.
He should have a place to eat where the older horse cannot gain access...a solid board across a stall door or corner of a stall or shed. A creep feeder situation.
Don't turn the little guy out with the older horse right off the bat. A stall next to each other or a smaller pen for the little guy for a few days will be good.
Good luck and we will be waiting for photos!

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post #30 of 31 Old 08-05-2016, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Everyone,

Thank you so much for all your support. I hate to tell you that the woman who bought the gelding that the foal is being "thrown in" with, changed her mind on me this week and decided to keep the foal for herself. She mentioned something about maybe selling him to me later on if it turns out she can't give him the attention he needs, but to be honest, I don't know about that; I think she was just trying to make me feel better. I'm really disappointed. But I am glad that the foal is not going to be sold to just whoever just to be gotten rid of, so I am happy about that.

Thanks again. You guys are awesome. Maybe someday I will be able to put all this advice to good use!
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