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Now there's a newbie who was just given a 4mo weanling.
By a breeder who foaled out 20 mares this year but can't feed the babies so they are giveaways.
Foal is for newbie's daughter.
She has no other horses, but "has been reading for a year"
Pic of weanling shows it in a nylon halter.
Tied short to a fence.
In a pen with a stack of pallets covering a hole former owner dug for a septic.
Oh - and the foal isn't drinking or eating hay. Just the little bit of grass in the pen.
If the breeders could not afford to feed them, perhaps she has not even had grain, etc before. I wonder if "weaning" was done by loading this little one on the trailer and hauling her away. No wonder she is not eating or drinking. Besides, I assume she is alone there, tied, with pallets in her pen...
I realize these people were trying to help and it is nice they are trying to give her a home. Inexperience may be the issue, and learning with a weanling is probably not the way to go. I hope they get some help and or advice soon.
Breeder tried to give them two, but they didn't have the budget? Oh dear. So now, assuming the filly survives, they are going to have an adolescent horse with no other horses to play with or teach it manners. Because, of course, every dear daughter needs 600 pounds of improperly socialized pet.
She is getting a lot of good advice from other posters. Who are telling her to buy another horse, which is good advice, but yet ... a novice horse owner with not one, but two horses to learn about could be another train wreck.
From what the poster said, she can't afford two horses, anyway.
Don’t go getting yourself in trouble again, over on that "chicken board".. They seem to become very sensitive when you give advice, they disagree with!
I actually typed out several responses then deleted them because Diplomacy is not my strong suit when I see such a potential crapstorm.
Kwill: I'll just let those with better manners try to walk them through this mess.
Somermist: that's what I figured too. So "Breeder" did not even bother to give feeding info to these people?
To me that sounded like a remarkable lack of concern for the foals given away.
Of course anyone foaling out 20 mares in this economy is probably a little short on Brainpower anyhow...
Generally I only go to BYC for the recipe forum.
When that doesn't have anything interesting I wander over to the Other Pets.
When will I learn?
ETA: okay, I gritted my teeth and posted telling newbie to PLEASE address the no eating/drinking issue
I tried to keep it all Sugar 'n Spice, but I worry for that baby
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Haha, yeah, they could have gotten a zebra for their little princess!
The filly wasn't eating or drinking because she wasn't fully weaned, is my guess. Although they did post they were going to take her to the vet if she didn't start eating and drinking, so maybe the vet can give them some management advice.
Owner that was giving away all the foals to novices because they couldn't feed their herd should be ashamed. Better than running them through a sale, maybe ... at least these folks are trying to be responsible.
The filly will be on craigslist in a year. She will have run over/bitten/struck/kicked one or more of the family, and she won't be "cute" any more because she's a yearling.
I do not know why her leadrope is on, though it could be they just caught her to play with her and take a picture. The leadrope is not explained in the initial post.
As far as the pallets go, they are not dangerous. They are stacked high enough that the weanling can see them easily and wooden pallets do not have sharp enough edges that they are automatically an issue if a horse rubs against them.
You cannot see much of the pen, so it is hard to judge the condition - though she said the weanling ate most of the grass. She also said this is a temporary pen, so one assumes they have more room and a grassier area for the baby.
Cannot really fault the current owners for what the previous owners have done, which is causing the weanling to not eat. The current owners do say if she does not eat soon, she will see the vet. The current owners also said they specifically did NOT take a second horse because they knew only one was in the budget - there are plenty of people I know that are more horse knowledgeable than her that have more horses than they should.
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