• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Weaning Advice?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Weaning Advice?

    So, my "surprise foal" (see thread from June) is going to be weaned in October sometime. She is already Miss Independence and I would rather do it in the fall before the weather gets nasty here in PA.

    What are your experiences and what has worked for you? I already have her & mom out in the field with two seniors at night. She will stay with them during weaning & mom will go to the mares field. They are within calling (faintly heard) distance but not close and they cannot see each other.

    Can any of the sage Cothers out there give me some pointers on the process, how long and what NOT to do?

    "A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority." Rick Warren

  • #2
    You can start some separation periods side by side, first several hours inside next to each other in stalls. Good for individual feeding times.

    I've done side by side pasture weaning (I have wood fences), no screaming this way. They can stand together, touch each other, but no nursing. The foal eventually wanders off to graze. Mom doesn't care much either, too relieved to be done with it. It's just breaking the nursing comfort, the weanling will try to nurse any gelding friends.
    Don't let anyone tell you that your ideas or dreams are foolish. There is a millionaire walking around who invented the pool noodle.


    • #3
      I'm going to try something different this year. In the past I've done cold turkey - off farm - and while they are "out of sight out of mind" I HATE taking the mare off farm. Like weaning isn't stressful enough, she is a strange place with strange horses.

      Anyway - this year I've actually been seperating them whenever I can (started this at 2 weeks old!). I'll take the mare out to ride, wouldn't mind taking her off farm to ride, bring the foal out for attention, etc and the mare could CARE LESS and enjoys being away - the foal......she is Ms Independant BUT she loves her milk bar. So when she gets hungry she does scream for mum. My plan is to just put the mare out with her old pasture buds and keep the filly with her yearlings - they will be able to hear each other but I can keep them out of sight. I was thinking about putting them next to each other so they could still 'Be' together but the foal couldn't nurse, but frankly the nursing is the only reason our filly cares about mom. I'm sure she would scream her head off standing right next to mum too - if she couldnt' reach the nips.
      Celtic Pride Farm
      Become a fan on Facebook!


      • #4
        I have weaned across a fence that is reinforced with hotwire for many, many years with excellent results. The foals and moms can see each other, but the foals cannot nurse. They usually hang out next to the fence for a day or two and then wander off, with no drama.
        Mary Lou


        Member OMGiH I loff my mares clique


        • #5
          Another thumbs up for Gradual method.

          I've done the gradual method for the past 6-7 years; used to take the mares off farm. The gradual method is a WHOLE lot less stressful for all, and so much easier! After a few days everyone is acclimated to the new routine - no drama.

          Like OKKGO, I start early. As soon as foal shows interest in mom's food, I start taking the foal to the other side of the stall and feed from his own bucket. By 3 months I'm feeding in an adjacent stall. By weaning time they're down the aisle from each other. When I first put them in adjacent pastures it just for about 10 minutes, then an hour, then a few hours, then 1/2 day. There's no schedule and no deadline. If foal gets a little too anxious, it's okay if they backslip to a previous comfort level a day or so before trying again.

          Anyway, that's how I've been doing it and it's worked just fine for me. Everyone's happy - no injuries, no drama.


          • Original Poster

            This is comforting - I like the gradual method & I do have wood fences with good grazing to keep them both busy. Mom will eventually go in the mare field and baby will go out with the two seniors where they are right now.

            The baby is already eating on her own, so I think I'll try the feeding in the adjacent stall to get her used to it and then put her back in with mom for the day.

            Thanks everyone! This makes me feel much better!
            "A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right, and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority." Rick Warren