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I so desperately need a foal sitter-update-PROBLEM SOLVED

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  • I so desperately need a foal sitter-update-PROBLEM SOLVED

    I am at my wit's end. I really really need a weanling for my weanie.

    So what are my chances of finding a weanie that needs a place to crash for about a year?
    Last edited by LMH; Sep. 29, 2009, 03:05 PM.

  • #2
    Or would a very mothering mare be a good choice? If you provide the grass-free dry lot, you can have Tank for a while. She's raised 3 babies and loffs being a mama.

    Alas, that's my only bit of assistance to offer
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


    • Original Poster

      That is my problem...I don't have an additional dry lot...mine is used by donks and polo.

      If I muzzle the others they get very aggressive with him...without muzzle, they get fat.

      I give up. I just need a second weanie.

      A mothering mare would work but she would need to be able to handle 20 hours of grass. And she can't be ugly to him


      • #4
        Ugh... Penny mare can handle the grass and she is mothering too, but I need her

        What a pickle
        <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


        • Original Poster

          With all of our flooding, maybe someone is in need to place a baby for the winter??

          Then I could help someone that would be helping me.

          Or maybe a rescue foal I could foster for a bit??


          • #6
            What about the giveaways? surely somewhere theres a horse that can babysit & eat grass...
            “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Peter Drucker


            • Original Poster

              I am open to suggestions.

              My only criteria-MUST be able to eat grass-no easy keepers allowed!

              Must be able to live politely with a weanling.

              I think that covers it!

              Hopefully someone needing a helping hand can offer one!!

              Heck an older retired broodmare could be ideal I bet...

              OH---not far from me or able to get to me FAST!

              My poor guy is not very happy...


              • #8
                Maybe you could foster a horse?

                http://www.gerlltd.org/adopt.htm I did a quick search for Georgia horse rescues and came up with this. Maybe they'd be willing to let you foster and have a buddy for your weanling. That's a horse off their hands, and a free horse who doesn't live with you indefinitely for you?


                • #9
                  My 2 year old is with a weanling right now, they're best buds. I was going to go pick her up and bring her down to school with me so I can get some ground work/free jumping done with her, but if you can find a way to get her from Dallas, TX to you, then she can go for a while... but I bet you can find something closer.


                  • #10
                    Have no idea where you are located, but I have a 2 year old pony filly (she's 12 hands ish right now) that you are more than welcome to use for however long. She currently is out 24-7, is easy to handle and would be more than happy to be out on grass. Feel free to PM me
                    "As soon as you're born you start dyin'
                    So you might as well have a good time"


                    • #11
                      I am not sure where you are located but I live in Louisville and I have a 17 year old ex-eventer that loves to be out-can graze 24/7 and used to babysit yearlings before I got him-he has even got some of my OTTB to stop walking the fence. PM if you would like-I would be happy to bring him to you or maybe meet you somewhere anytime now.


                      • Original Poster

                        Thank you very much for the kind offers!!

                        I am in Canton, GA

                        I just spoke to Lori (sunkissed acres) and she has offered a sweet 4yo as a sitter.

                        We decided to let this thread stay open and see if anyone has a more desperate situation that I can help them.

                        If not, she has offered to bring the young lady to me and see how they get along.

                        Ideally, if GERL or some other rescue comes across a young one that needs fostering, I can assure them a friendly and safe foster home.


                        • #13
                          Well, you could bring him up here for the winter. He'd have to hang out with little, hairy, ornery Spanish Mustangs but he'd have lots of buddies to run and romp with.

                          Years ago I was in you situation and my vet knew of another local foal that needed a buddy so we were able to get my youngster and her youngster together. Could you ask a few local vets?


                          • Original Poster

                            Yes DB-I just called my vet and he is going to be looking around.

                            Thank you for the offer as well but I couldn't LIVE without my hunny all winter!!


                            • #15
                              I know how you feel...I could not send my youngun's off either. I have to hug each of them daily!

                              Good Luck!


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by LMH View Post
                                Thank you very much for the kind offers!!

                                I am in Canton, GA

                                I just spoke to Lori (sunkissed acres) and she has offered a sweet 4yo as a sitter.

                                We decided to let this thread stay open and see if anyone has a more desperate situation that I can help them.

                                If not, she has offered to bring the young lady to me and see how they get along.

                                Ideally, if GERL or some other rescue comes across a young one that needs fostering, I can assure them a friendly and safe foster home.

                                I was just going to suggest this. I hope it works.
                                Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.


                                • #17
                                  I've got one that could do it too if anyone else needs one.
                                  "ronnie was the gifted one, victor was the brilliant intellect, and i [GM], well, i am the plodder."


                                  • #18
                                    If we were closer I'd lend you my yearling. My girls pick on him something fierce...
                                    Missouri Fox Trotters-To ride one is to own one

                                    Standardbreds, so much more then a harness racing horse.


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Well, he has been in a little pasture on his own but next to the others...they are in a 'dry lot'-a sparse couple of acres.

                                      He is just content and hanging out eating and drinking. I guess he doesn't mind a few hours alone?

                                      Tonight he will go back with his buddy-Julian can handle 12 hours of grass.

                                      He will come in during the morning for breakfast (with the others).

                                      I guess there is nothing wrong with a day alone and with a buddy at night if he seems content?

                                      I just hate seeing him all alone...obivously I hate it more than he does?

                                      Maybe in the long run it is good? Teaches him some independence during the day and has social time at night?

                                      If he can just swing this until the grass dies out or until he grows, Julian can handle more pasture.

                                      I feel so...evil.


                                      • Original Poster

                                        And the screaming started and continues.