If you have ever boughten a weanling..and have other horses please post

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  1. horseluvr4ever

    horseluvr4ever Senior Member

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    :help!: I might be purchasing a beautiful filly. She is buttermilk buckskin w/ a snowcap, show quality, great dispostion, and great blood lines. She will be weaned at 4months old. However, I don't know what to do. My horses do not like when other horses become a part of the family, and they kick, bite, and buck at each other. Usually the other horse can fight back, but since this will be a weanling, she won't be able to fight back. I could stall her for a while, but she'll need pasture time. Should I have her put in with my mare first. Since my mare has had foals before, maybe she will be the most gentle with a baby? I know my 2 geldings will be fiesty. I would think my mare might be too, but since it will be a baby and still little I thought maybe my mare my take her in as her baby, and be gentle? :help!: What do you guys think?
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  2. cowgurly02

    cowgurly02 Senior Member+

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    I have had weanlings before, and always kept them separate from the other horses since they are fed differently anyways.
     
  3. Angloarabgal

    Angloarabgal Full Member

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    Same here, if you can the best thing would be to find someone who also only has one weanling so they run together.
     
  4. JBandRio

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    How many horses do you have? Do you know their pecking order? Who is the boss, who is alpha, and who is just aggressive?

    Ideally you'll pick the horse who doesn't care where he is in the pecking order to put the weaner out with first - just the two of them. Or, the horse who is alpha, but does it in a respectful way without being aggressive or nasty about it.

    Let those 2 get acquainted for a few days.

    Then, pick that horse's friend. That new one could be higher or lower in the pecking order, it doesn't matter. But the two of them should get along.

    Then, after that threesome has had a chance to settle in, you can either take out the more dominant of the 2 adult horses and add your existing 3rd horse, letting them get acquainted for a couple of days, then put them all together, or you can just add your 3rd adult horse in to the mix of the 2 adults and the weaner.

    Each time you add a new horse to the herd, be prepared to stay with them for a few hours. If they are going to have disputes, it won't necessarily happen right away.
     
  5. doublebarr

    doublebarr Senior Member+

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    Cowgurly does the same thing I do. And I usually have more than one little one together and keep them separate from the older horses. However, JB's advice is perfect for letting her into the herd. One thing you will need to consider is, a weaner will find it's friend and they tend to chew on the other horses tail. I've had "babysitter mares" that I've kept out with babies before (usually a retired horse) and those babies will soon give the older one a nice little rat tail:p It's a comfort issue and just something that can and usually will happen. A group of weaners together will ususally not do this, as they are a lot more active and don't stand another picking on them for very long. But an older horse will pick nappy times standing up and that tail is just very attractive to a young one.
     
  6. cowgurly02

    cowgurly02 Senior Member+

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    Uggh that happened to me with a yearling. I turned him out with my barrel horse, as she was a little baby sitter mare. He not only chewed off her tail, but half her mane! I had to roach it to get it to grow back normally. Ugh. LOL
     
  7. doublebarr

    doublebarr Senior Member+

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    LOL - you should have told them it was a no spot, foundation, rat tailed app.:D
     
  8. cowgurly02

    cowgurly02 Senior Member+

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    LMAO You know she's a buckskin and did have dapples at the time...(she got them in summer)..
     
  9. SkyeTiger

    SkyeTiger Senior Member+

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    Is there anyway that you could possibly pasture her by herself but next to other horses so that she doesn't feel completely alone. Because I am just afraid that your mare will think that that's her baby and since the baby was just weaned she will think that that is her mommy. I don't know........that's what I would think. Good Luck!! I just bought a baby too but she's not weaned yet so I don't have to worry about that for awhile.
     
  10. horseluvr4ever

    horseluvr4ever Senior Member

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    Thanks... I have never owned a weanling before so this should be exciting.

    Well there is 5 horses, 2 aren't mine but they are still there. Anyway my mare is the boss, and she was actually the one I think might get along best w/ the filly since she has had babies in the past.
    Thanks for all of your help!
     






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