I have a four month old haflinger foal that I have just put in with her mother and a welsh pony mare and foal. The plan is to have them live together for awhile (not sure how long) then separate them leaving the foals together. Eventually I would like to put my mare and foal back together to live on the same property. Does anyone have an idea how long I should leave them apart? Has anyone else done this? I'd love to hear your experiences.
Leslie, It's going to depend on your mare honestly. I have a mare that after separating her from her foal for 4 months, she would still let her foal nurse once I put them back together. My experience has been that they need to be separated at least 6 months and then try letting them be together and just watch and see if the mare lets the foal nurse. If she does, then you need to separate them again. You can eventually let them live together again, but it takes a lot of time and patience!
I have a 8 month old filly that I am trying to wean but we only have 2 pastures and they are just seperated by one fence so I put my filly in one and my mare in the other but when my mare gets uncomfertable because she has so much milk she gets really close to the fence and lets the filly nures. I don't want to do any thing that would scare the filly because she is the sweetest hores I have ever met and I don't want to change that but the only other way I can think of to get her to stop nurseing without scareing her is to put a bitter substance on the mares udders. Do you have any better ideas.
I kept my two apart for a month, Ruby dried up, Berry wanted to nurse, but Ruby cut her off. It really just depends on the mare.
Julya, I wouldn't worry about scaring her. She's already separated from mom, that was the scariest part of the whole process. Both will be happier once mom is dried up and they can go back to being together.
I would run a strand of electric tape at udder height on the fence. I did this for my girl and she knew to not even attempt nursing through the fence.
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