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Wendy

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orphaned foal
« on: June 30, 2006, 07:02:49 PM »
Around Memorial Day can't remember the exact date - my dad who works on a horse farm called me and said one of the mares had died and wanted to know if I wanted the foal.  So of course!
He is 4 weeks old now and doing great.  The second day he was here I had him drinking out of a bucket - feeding him every 3 hrs around the clock. I have now dropped to just feeding him 3 times a day and he eats grain and hay now.  
At first I just kept him with the goats and sheep.  I had a yearling stallion that I really didn't want to put him with.  But now the stallion went to my dads for training and I have him with 2 mares plus the sheep and goats.  He is petrified of the mares.  One tries to make up with him (she's really good with other animals - letting calves nurse)   I've tried introducing them - they sniff noses and all but any little noise the foal is running to the corner or hiding behind me.  Hopefully he'll come around and be a 'horse' guess give him time and show him that these 'huge creatures' are not going to hurt him.
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Re: orphaned foal
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2006, 07:10:51 PM »
Congratulations on your new baby, and on his doing so well! Orphaned foals can be a huge challenge.
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