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Mare raising two foals~ may need to wean early?

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Darkhorse 2572
Neonate
Username: Darkhorse2572

Post Number: 8
Registered: 03-2009
Posted on Friday, July 31, 2009 - 10:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

One of our mares (who is a saint by the way!!) has raised many orphan foals in her broodmare career, both along side her own, as well as after weaning her own foals. This year, an orphan came to her when her own filly was 24 hours old, of course she took on the other newborn (as usual) and has been raising both as she happily does. Usually we don't wean our foals until 4 1/2-5 months or so, however this year she seems to be having a hard time holding her weight with two growing babies~ She is 19 and usually a VERY easy keeper and a milk machine (in fact, we have had numerous issues in the past when she produced too much milk)
She is under the close supervision of our vet, and is on a fabulous high cal diet, however is still showing ribs and starting to show backbone... The foals are almost 14 weeks old, and look great! Our vet is strongly recommending weaning the foals now... I am just curious about anyone else's experience with 3-31/2 month weaning? Too early?
 

Heather
Breeding Stock
Username: Lilredbuck

Post Number: 168
Registered: 05-2009
Posted on Wednesday, August 05, 2009 - 12:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I had to wean my colt last year early. He was weaned right around 3 months because we almost lost the mom to colic and he did fine. he was eating good before hand and we just moved him into the pen next to her. We also have a mare that is a pretty hard keeper and when she foaled last, the baby was really pulling her down, so she was weaned early as well, around 3 1/2 to 4 months. they did fine.
 

Holly
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Bonny

Post Number: 1812
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Wednesday, August 05, 2009 - 11:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I had to pull a colt at about 7 weeks from the dam, I substituted with fresh raw goats milk, and zantac for ulcers, we also used probios.
Weaned the foal at about 4-5 months from the goats milk.
He is doing great!
 

Cjskip
Breeding Stock
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 972
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Monday, September 07, 2009 - 03:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ulcers in a foal? I had no idea! How did you know he had ulcers? I mean, why was it investigated in the first place? I will look up information on this, of course, but just wondered what you personal experience was, if you don't mind.
 

Holly
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Bonny

Post Number: 1846
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 09:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Actually, I was advised to use the zantac to prevent ulcers, because we were pulling him from the dam so young.
 

Cjskip
Breeding Stock
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 979
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 09:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I see. Interesting. Always something new to learn about with these beautiful creatures.

Good luck to you Holly. I hope it all turns out well with minimal stress on all.
 

Holly
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Bonny

Post Number: 1848
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 - 11:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks, My colt is 8 months old now and he is doing great!
I am so pleased with him:-)
 

Carol
Yearling
Username: Rodawn

Post Number: 97
Registered: 05-2009
Posted on Saturday, December 12, 2009 - 09:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Darkhorse, I would be interested to know what you ended up feeding this mare? I have an older warmblood mare who is usually an extremely easy keeper - until foal hits the ground and then all bets are off despite eating nonstop with good pasture, lovely alfalfa-timothy-brome hay, broodmare kibble plus grain, and fortified/balanced rice bran. She's a dairy cow for milk production and it shows as her weight disappears.

(Message edited by rodawn on December 12, 2009)



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