Since I have a small farm, I took my mare to a nearby boarding stable in order to wean her 5 month filly (this is her first foal). The filly stayed at home and the weaning was uneventful. I brought the mare home last night and turned them all out together this morning....and the filly immediately started nursing! The mare's bag had dried up (or so I thought) but the nipples are still prominent. So do you think that this was just a happy reunion or will the mare continue to let her nurse and start producing milk again?
I really don't want to take the mare back to the boarding stable....it was expensive but more importantly, she was really stressed while there.
Is there anyway you can run a temporary electric fence between your paddock? We wean ours this way and (knock on wood) it has worked out well. You can get one set up for a couple hundred bucks. Just a thought. Mare will be happier and it will be less expensive then sending her back. Good luck. We will start weaning our boy on Oct 2
For $300 you can get a really nice Horseguard setup for a temp cross fence. It's 640' total of the tape, so you can get 2 strands up across 320' (more realistically a bit less than that, 315'). It includes the tape, the fiberglass posts (really easy to pound in with a hand-held post pounder, unless you have lots of rocks), handles for the gate, all the connectors, absolutely everything except the source of electricity http://www.horseguardfence.com/newprod/kits.php (scroll down to Temporary Fence Kit)
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When we weened Dandy we bought his half brother as a companion for him (and bc my brothers wanted matching horses, and they were a perfect match.. so are my brothers actually). The mare went to the SO's house, and the 2 weanlings were at our home. This was in August.. both colts were gelded and in late November, she came home. After a few weeks, she started looking kinda thin.. so i start increasing her feed, etc. Then one morning i caught them.
Not only was her son (Dandy) nursing, so was Deets. Poor girl.. no wonder she was losing weight lol.