Weaning Update and need for suggestions...
So the 2nd weaning was a little less stressful, as in no injuries this time. We did wean by the signs, who knows, maybe that does help. BUT (here it comes) - my filly isn't happy.
My mare is in the field across from Dani and that is fine for the mare. Dani is in with her Uncle and that is working out, well sort of. Dani stays fairly close to the fence line, not venturing out to the field when Uncle takes a stroll. She isn't pacing or winnying, just no venturing out.
As for stalling - Dani is in the stall furthest from her mom. Since she keeps attempting to jump over the door, we have had to errect a top to her stall, which prevents her from jumping out. She also paces in her stall, round and round. It doesn't seem as if she relaxes. I would LOVE to leave the top open so that she could be more social with us as we are working in the barn and looking out at the other horses (who all look over their doors).
Feeding - she is getting some alfalfa and timothy mix (inside and out), 1/2 cup of Triple Crown 30% AM & PM (was told by my vet this was the best for her as she was growing too fast, needed less grain, but the nutrients that this provided her). She was getting SS Legends Performance 10% Fat/10% protein and taking a lot of it from her mom. She gets lots of turn out, only stalled during bad/cold weather. She is also getting a dose of Ulcerguard daily to help prevent ulcers.
So, what can I do? I do have goats, I was tempted to put one in with her, but my concern is that she is pacing so much, she may injure them. IF her top was open and she was relaxed, the goats would be jumping in and out of her stall like they do wtih the others. They love the company of a horse and seem to like her when she is outside.
I don't have another foal with her - don't have one to offer. Her Uncle is great company and takes good care of her. He would love her to be more playful, but she seems to be disinterested. I don't want to send her away and I don't want to bring another animal to the farm - our herd is settled and content and I don't have another stall to offer.
This is the filly that was born at day 311. We bonded very early and that bond is broken. I don't know how to get it back because she is so intent on being elsewhere. UGH.
Suggestions? BTW - this is my 7th foal. Only have not bonded with one other - that was due to dam (not this one's mom). All my other's, including blood related foals are super duper sweet. Don't ever recall this type of issue.