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Breeding FAQs, 2017 weaning dates, etc. -- add useful info here!

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  • #21
    A recent article in The Horse (www.thehorse.com) supports what many breeders (me definitely) have known all along, that weaning is easiest when the mare and foal are out of sight and sound. Read here for more:
    Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver Equine Insurance Specialist


    • #22
      Best Days to Wean for September, 2014

      September 6th - 9th

      (Never wait until the last day!)
      Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver Equine Insurance Specialist


      • #23
        Best Days to Wean for October, 2014

        October 3rd - 6th

        (Never wait until the last day)
        Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver Equine Insurance Specialist


        • #24
          I had hoped to wean my guy in early October, but he is only 4-1/2 months old. I see the weaning dates (per the Almanac) for late October/November have a run of 8-10 days.
          What would be the best days in that run?


          • #25
            October 31st - November 3rd
            November 27th - 30th

            Definitely wait as the six month age is BEST for mare and foal.
            Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver Equine Insurance Specialist


            • #26
              Thanks for the reply. I'm hoping to do it this coming weekend. He will be 5-1/2 months and they are both very independent of each other.


              • #27
                December 24th - 27th last weaning days for 2014.
                Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver Equine Insurance Specialist


                • #28
                  2016 Weaning By The Signs Dates

                  2016 Weaning By The Signs Dates

                  2016 Weaning Dates ~
                  February 7th - 10th
                  March 5th - 8th
                  April 1st - 5th and April 29th - May 2nd
                  May 26th - 29th
                  June 22nd - 26th
                  July 19th - 23rd
                  August 16th - 19th
                  September 12th - 16th
                  October 10th - 13th
                  November 6th - 9th
                  December 3rd - 7th and December 30th - January 2nd 2017
                  Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver Equine Insurance Specialist


                  • #29
                    anything on the weaning dates 2017 ?

                    it worked great in 2016 ... thanks for that !


                    • #30
                      still nothing on the weaning dates 2017 ?

                      it would have been nice, but we have to advance now ...


                      • #31
                        First google hit for "weaning dates 2017":


                        If you need the full year, pick up an almanac? They're sold everywhere, it seems...


                        • #32
                          thanks simkie !
                          it never occured to me to google for the weaning dates ! I always thought it was something old and not usual ...

                          I never heart (just as example) of weaning dates here in Europe ...

                          but, I think the weaning dates Virginiabred gave are still different. 'Her' weaning dates cover a period of 3/4 days.
                          The weaning dates of the farmer almanac covers nearly 10 days (every month)


                          • #33
                            Exactly OBdB. I go by Bloodhorse magazine dates and a Thoroughbred publication. The dates in a Farmers Almanac are more geared for humans and are way more generic.
                            Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver Equine Insurance Specialist


                            • #34
                              if you please ... which TB publication ?


                              • #35
                                This is what The Bloodhorse says:

                                Foals are weaned after the sign moves "down" past the knees but before the sign moves back to the head

                                Here is the Farmer's Almanac on where the sign is for the next three months:



                                • #36
                                  2017 Weaning Dates ~
                                  February 23rd - 26th
                                  March 22nd - 26th
                                  April 19th - 22nd
                                  May 16th - 20th
                                  June 12th - 16th
                                  July 10th - 13th
                                  August 6th - 10th
                                  September 2nd - 6th and September 30th - October 3rd
                                  October 27th - 31st
                                  November 23rd - 27th
                                  December 20th - 24th

                                  Wean by the 2nd or 3rd day within the signs. Never wean on the last day of the signs. You can also use these signs to castrate your colts as well.
                                  Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver Equine Insurance Specialist


                                  • #37
                                    pile poil !!!!

                                    I started weaning the 24th ...


                                    • #38
                                      oh, and thanks for sharing the other dates !


                                      • #39
                                        You are most welcome!
                                        Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver Equine Insurance Specialist