Reducing Stress During Weaning

Here’s Kendra’s patented (not really) recipe for stress-free (as much as possible) weaning.

Ingredients:

  • Foal is at least 6 months old (7 is better). 
  • Foal has a friend his own age.
  • Foal is eating the same food that they will post-weaning (free choice hay and mare & foal ration).
  • Adjacent pens with a safe and secure fence between them.

Instructions:

  • Leave foals in the pen they are comfortable used to, move mares across the fence.
  • Ensure plenty of hay on both sides of fence.
  • Allow foal to see, smell and touch their dam, but not nurse.
  • In a week or two, can move mares further away (back out with herd) so they can move out of sight of foals, or stay closer if they choose.

No crying foals, no panicked mares. No risk of injury, and minimizing stress and all the health issues that stress causes.

Here’s Victor and Vodka, about 90 seconds after I moved the mares across the fence. As you can see, they aren’t feeling very traumatized. 😉

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2 thoughts on “Reducing Stress During Weaning”

  1. Hello Kendra. Your book saved my sanity though out my first baby experience. Thank you!!
    I love the weaning recipe and can accomplish all the steps with my current pasture/ fencing set up. Question, after a week or two of separation of Mom and baby can they be be put back together? From your experience can moms and daughters live together in the same pasture? FYI, my baby has a paddock mate that is only 7 months older and they are BONDED!❤️
    Thank you! Paula Mower

    1. Mom and baby can be put back together eventually, definitely, but probably not in a week or two … more like a month or two, and it will vary with every mare. That’s great that she has a friend she’s already bonded with, sounds like weaning will go very well for you! I’m so glad you found the book helpful! Thanks so much for your note!

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