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  • Weaning arrangements - again!

    I'm having a very hard time finding a decent weaning arrangement. Now I need to find a solution soon because I have to wean soon!

    I have a mare and her foal, and another mare. I cannot find someone looking to board for 1 foal, even though I'm charging my cost only. Someone asked about bringing a 2 yo, but he is larger and more of a handful than my own horses, so not really helpful. I cannot afford 400$ + to board out the filly, especially when I just built a barn at home...

    Sooooo, can this work: I separate mom and filly at night, they each sleep in their stall, and during the day I put the 2 mares and the filly out together? I don't really want to put the filly by herself, because (1) lack of other horses as company and (2) because my 2 paddocks have a common fence line and I can see her crashing through it (it's electric).

    I would reduce the grain on the mom to slow down milk production, although she barely lets the filly drink anymore now, and it's not a problem because she is quite plump... The two mares are used to living out together in the past and get along fine. Ok idea? Bad idea? I know it's not ideal, but this is what I have to work with...

  • #2
    Why would it cost you 400+ dollars a month to board a weanling?? Are you saying there isn't a single barn anywhere within an hour's drive that could board your filly on outdoor board for 150/month or so..?

    My advice would be to suck it up and board out the filly for a few months, then bring her back and put her in with just the other mare for a while, then add her mom after a couple more months. Or rescue an old arthritic pony and put her out with him!


    • Original Poster

      That was the figure quoted for board unfortunately, although I admit I had no idea it would be that much. Weanlings need some level of care and knowledge from the people handling them, I have seen too many accidents on bad fencing, etc, and don't want to go that route.

      There is a pony I could borrow, but he cannot be turned out on grass which is my situation right now, so only an option if i wait until the snow falls...


      • #4
        Can you put the filly out with the other mare and put the dam out by herself?
        I don't think that separating them just at night is a good idea.


        • #5
          Originally posted by Forte View Post
          Can you put the filly out with the other mare and put the dam out by herself?
          I have done this (twice) with great success.
          You can leave mom on the property if they will both tolerate it or just board her for a week or two, if needed.

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          • #6

            You could borrow the pony and buy it a grazing muzzle. I make my pony's muzzle hole even smaller by using cutting a "custom plastic insert" out of a milk or orange juice carton.


            • #7
              As some others have suggested, put the mom on field board somewhere and leave the baby and other mare at home.

              Separating mom and baby overnight does not dry up milk production because the first thing the baby does in the morning is nurse. As long as the udder gets stimulated on a daily basis, milk production will continue....

              Good luck!
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              • Original Poster

                I think I will give this a try, putting the filly out with the other mare, and the mom out by herself...


                • #9
                  I have a 5 acre property, and I always wean by putting the foal with another horse or two and the mare in a different, but often, adjacent, field. It has worked for me for decades. After three months I can usually put the mare and foal back together if I want to, but much sooner than that occasionally I have had fillies especially resume nursing.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by clint View Post
                    I have a 5 acre property, and I always wean by putting the foal with another horse or two and the mare in a different, but often, adjacent, field. It has worked for me for decades. After three months I can usually put the mare and foal back together if I want to, but much sooner than that occasionally I have had fillies especially resume nursing.
                    In my case.. it wasn't only the colt that resumed nursing, but his friend (weaning buddy) too..
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by smokygirl View Post
                      In my case.. it wasn't only the colt that resumed nursing, but his friend (weaning buddy) too..
                      What a nice mommy; my mares might let their own nurse after weaning, but none of them would let a friend in on the deal.
                      Mystic Owl Sporthorses