How long to wean a colt???

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  1. Stormyheart6160

    Stormyheart6160 Senior Member+

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    The mare and her filly that I got about a month ago, have been separated since a few days after I got them. The filly is 7 mos. old. I've never dealt with this before (weaning horses), so how much time needs to go by with them being separated before I can put them back together again? The mare doesn't seem to have much of a bag anymore, tho she is bred and due in the spring. At least her bag isn't as big as it was when the filly was still nursing. They've been separated about a month now. Is it safe now to let them be together now, or is it still too soon?
     






  2. countryacres

    countryacres Senior Member+

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    I personally wouldn't put them back together yet. With only a month going by the foal will try and nurse again. And if the mare lets the foal nurse she will start producing milk again. As long as you have the space. I would leave them apart as long as you can. It does the foal alot of good.
     
  3. Deb

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    I agree with Countryacres. It is too soon. The foal would start nursing again. I'd give it at least another couple of months...more if possible.
     
  4. imacowgirl2

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    Depends...some mares dry up after a month, some don't. If you need to put them back together, you can do so, but watch them and check the mare's bag very carefully - if she lets the filly nurse or starts making a bag again, they will need to be separated longer.
     
  5. meljean

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    Have they been next to each other too? As we had mares that would let foals nurse through fence, but I agree with others on leaving apart. Just better for all concerned.
     
  6. countryacres

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    I want to ad that if you do put them back together you need to watch her very closely as stated. If you she bred for a spring foal she needs are extra engery and nutrients for the growing foal inside her.

    Also, the go further indepth. It will help her again her own independece. I have delt with foals that have been with their mother most of their lives and it can be not so fun. They can form a strong dependence on mom. And can be quit hard to control when they must be parted.
     
  7. ryu2832

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    I think it depends on the foal. A month away from her mom was enough for Berry. She did not try to nurse when I put her back in the mare band.

    If you have a good situation where you can continue to keep them separate I would keep them separate for a while longer.

    I have just the two broodmares, the filly, and two boys who can't be turned out with the mares. So Berry stayed with the other broodmare, and Ruby was alone which was very stressfull for her--so the sooner I could put her back in the mare band the better.

    good luck!
     
  8. Vengeance

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    We put my colt back with his momma after exactly one month and three days...
    They are fine...the colt didn't try to nurse or anything (but he and his mom were outta hearing and seeing distance or each other)...so that may matter too.

    I'd say it is ok, but keep a close eye on them and if the filly tries to nurse, seperate them again.
     
  9. Stormyheart6160

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    Thanks you guys for the info and advice. I'm gonna keep them separated for about another month and then try to reunite them. Hopefully then, it will go well. They can stand side by side at the fence, but the filly can't nurse thru it as I have "cattle panels" up to prevent that. Their first few days apart, they were at the fence together alot. And, there was alot of "talking" back and forth between them. Now, I never see them side by side, and they completely ignore each other. But, like I said, I'll keep them separated for another month and then try letting them together, and I'll keep an eye on them. If the filly starts trying to nurse again.....back in a separate pen she'll go!! Thanks again! This is a new one for me, so I really appreciate everyones help and advice!!!:)
     

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