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post #1 of 7 Old 04-18-2015, 06:44 AM Thread Starter
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horse weaning

i have just bought a 14 month old stock horse it was taken from the mare this week until now had not been weaned from her,what sort of problems would i encounter
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It depends on the animal and how attached it was to its mother. Some get depressed, some get anxious, some are fine - some go off their food so, you should keep an eye on that.

I don't think it changes things that he has been with his mother for longer than "usual". We as humans tend to wean horses much earlier than a wild horse would.

Do you have another young horse or, an older baby-sitter type horse that the weaned horse can be out in a paddock with? He will do better if he gets a buddy. Older, calm horses can be great in terms of helping anxious young ones calm down.
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we did some handling with him in a pen and he was good well mannered but when we walked him out under lead he bit my partner rared up and striked out lead him back in the yard and he was good any thoughts
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If the horse was just weaned, he probably reacted because he was being lead away alone - and therefore thought he was not safe as there were no other horses around. He wouldn't have any confidence at this point.

I am not an expert with this at all - I've only raised two weanlings - but, if you have access to an older, calm horse that can become a buddy of sorts - I would bet the young one would be a lot better if taken for a walk with an older, more settled horse.

Young horses need to build their confidence step by step. Some are born with it but they are in the minority. Without confidence, they look for support from the herd so, when you take them away from that, they think the imaginary lion hiding behind the next tree is going to jump out and eat them - because it happened for the last 10,000 years.

Borrow an older horse and lead them both out - the young one will probably hop around and look at everything (he is just a baby after all and everything is new - and he's missing his mom) but I would hope it would help you greatly having the second horse there.
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!4 months is pretty old to not have been weaned!
Certainly by that age, it is not the same as weaning a young foal that still depends on that mare for food.
Treat him just like a buddy sour horse. If he is still a stud, geld him.
Sounds like he was in a situation where it was just easier to leave him with his dam, and not handle him much. Ie, sounds like he came from some backyard breeder, not generalizing all barkyard breeders, but rather what connotation that term is associated with.
Striking, rearing, are all not acceptable, and you must get a handle on this horse, like 'yesterday'
Geld him' separate him, teaching him to accept being parted from his dam, in a safe enclosure
put basics on him,a s you would any other horse that has been allowed to grow up without any manners or respect
I raised foal crops for years, plus bought some 9 month old un handled weanlings. None were allowed to be aggressive towards people, as an excuse for separation anxiety. Good to give him a companion his age, but he must also learn to accept being by himself, or you will just need to 'wean' him off of that comapnion
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so its been a week since i got this young horse who we have named cruiser, he now has settled and comes when you call him he leads but still needs alot of training to learn not to enter your space under lead ,he lunges well to the right but needs work to the left, can pick his feet up with out trouble and allows you to touch his hind quaters.
he is quiet natured and has not kicked out once so i am guessing that the rearing and striking out was him being unsettled and nervy.
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-30-2015, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by scotty b View Post
i am guessing that the rearing and striking out was him being unsettled and nervy.
The episode of a week ago is not acceptable behavior at all, but given the circumstances of being separated, in a new place, and being handled by people he is unfamiliar with is understandable. I tend to be extremely patient with any kind of training, new or young horses, and don't get to concerned about a one time incident. It sounds like you are doing very well with him in a short time. Keep up the good work.
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