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Weaning a colt
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sdg    Posted 11-16-2003 at 08:26:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Does anyone have some good advise on a way to wean a colt. We tryed but every time we got near the mare, she bite and the baby started kicking. Any advice would be great.

cowgirlj    Posted 11-16-2003 at 16:57:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The easiest way to wean a colt is to put him in a pasture with other weanlings. I am assuming you can't do that.
How old is this colt? If it is 6-8 months old, you should be able to just take him away from his mother. You can either stall him for a week, or put him in an area where he can't see his dam and can not get near her. It is better to just cut the tie, give the mare time to dry up and then they can be together again.They both need to be in a safe area though, because they will try to get to each other if they can. I know some people will try to wean slowly by putting mom and baby in pens nears each other, but where they can't touch each other. I think that is a little more tramatic for both, and they will try to climb the fence to be with each other. If it is cut and dry, they get over it after a couple of days of calling out to each other, and then it's done! Just be sure the mare is completely dried up before you allow them to be together again or she will allow him to nurse and will begin to produce milk again.
Good might want to get some ear plugs for a few days.

LesWV    Posted 11-16-2003 at 09:06:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can you separate them for awhile?
Seems that if they were separated that the colt woul be more apt to accept you as its provider and grow to trust you.

If you bottle feed the colt take a handful of grass or feed and stuff into its mouth. It will soon learn to chew and eat it. I have saw this done with cattle and it works very well.

sdg    Posted 11-16-2003 at 10:38:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh we've had them out togather, he is normaly very gentle. The mare had a foal taken away from her way to soon a few years before we got her,so she is very protective of the colt. I was just wondering if the was a simi simple way of making the transaction easier of them and me. Oh and he's been eating since birth it seems,he's a big boy. they both are very relaxed taking treats from us,but today she espically seemed defencive. Guess I'll wait a day or so and try again.

Linda in UT    Posted 11-16-2003 at 10:58:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I haven't done this myself, but have watched our friends who raise Quarterhorses. When the foal is young, they lead the mom into the round pen and tie her to the rail. They then catch the foal, put a halter on it and teach it to lead. They don't leave the halter on, but do this a few times. Pretty soon it's easy to put a halter on the foal and when weaning time comes they lead the foal into a secure corral and put it in with the other weanlings. Mom goes back to her regular pasture.

If your foal is very big and isn't halter broke, you may just have to cut the foal out, using a gate and go from there. I suggest you find a good trainer or horseperson in your area and ask for their help. You might be surprised at how much help they can be to you.

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