Wean, wait and move or move and thereby wean?
So, my mare (who is in foal) is boarded at a barn where her current foal will remain. She is ultimately going to come to the barn where my gelding is. She's never been there and never met the mare she will board with. She currently has a foal by her side. The foal's owner wants to wean around August 1. She and the other broodmares with babies are all turned out together in a huge pasture.
What would be best for her? Option one, wean and let her stay with her friends for a bit and then bring her to her new home. Option two, bring her to her new home, which would also accomplish the weaning? I can see pros and cons to each. I can also see her flipping out on the trailer in the later situation (when she realizes no foal). It seems a bit sneaky...
I'm thinking it would be best to wean, let her hang out with her other, familiar friends, and then bring her over. If that is your thought as well, then how long should she stay with her buddies?
I want to minimize stress even if it co$ts me more.