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Dear Cherry:

     I have a 14 year old mare and a colt that is 4 months old. I want to split up the mare and colt. I was wondering when it was a good time to do this. I've heard 4 months and 6 months.

The colt is eating grass and anything else. Can you please help!

Thanks in advance.

Fred


Dear Fred:

     I wean my foals at 4 months. There is no harm or advantage waiting until 6 months but it is good to do it at a time when the weather doesn't add to the stress of separation. That's why I usually do it earlier in the year (like now) rather than in the winter. (We live in Colorado).

It's best to leave the foal in the pasture, pen or stall where it has been living with the mother as long as the fences and facilities are safe. Remove the dam from the foal and be sure you put the dam in a safe place too - it's best if the dam is out of sight and sound of the foal.

Good luck.

 

 

 

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