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    Ok, I tracked down the information for helping a mare accept her foal. It was posted publicly by a veterinarian. The amounts of the drugs would be dependent up the size of the mare. I hope these will post.
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    Thought I'd post some updated pictures of Perry. He's almost as tall as his momma now. He's eating mostly hay and grain and only nursing a little in the morning and late evening before he beds down. Weaning this one is going to be easy. He's getting more curious and more friendly but he's still a very independent little guy. Cuddly is more fun at first but independent makes for a good driving horse
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    Woohoo! Today I had the time and the helpers to take the boys out as a pair with my new team pole for my Mullet buggy. It took a little time to get everything adjusted, but the boys stepped off smartly and drove really well together. I’m one really proud mom! Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy 55 mins
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    I know it sounds harsh, but have you considered tying the mare on a short lead and hobbeling (sp) her back legs? Both to maybe allow the foal to nurse AND/OR milk her? She MAY calm down, and in the mean time it's important the foal gets the colostrum for as long as possible. The first 48 hours are most critical. After that the foal's stomach slowly stops absorbing the colostrum. We have had one orphan in all of these years (knock on wood). It's a big undertaking..... feeding every 2 hours. Finding a nipple that our little guy would accept was a headache, but he finally took one for raccoons! We also were lucky that a feed store about 15 miles from us carried Foal Lac. If you can get him to use a dish or bucket of some kind, you will be VERY lucky. Ours didn't until he was probably 2 months old. Wishing you all the very best.
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    Welcome! Beautiful horses. I’m in suburban Chicago, so not anywhere near you. πŸ˜• I have a hyper bike. Lots of fun! My go to ride when I take my older guy out.
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    I like the idea of the hanging tags. Sundance Kid 35 mins I just brought home my new team pole for my Mullet buggy. Hopefully we can start logging some pairs hours!
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    Happy to hear you got out and about with Clem. Nice that she has reverted back to her former happy self! Peanut and I had a lesson yesterday. We ground drove and then hitched him. Still working on me (it all begins and ends with me according to the instructor, glad to know I'm so important πŸ˜•, she is right though, fix yourself and the horse will follow). I am getting the hang of keeping my chest open, my elbows down, and steering from the shoulders in a pull back, not sideways or whateverways the old body feels like doing. When I steer correctly, he is more flexible and stays more "together". When I used to ride, I had an mare that was very crooked and to teach her to bend and give on a circle, my old instructor had me move the inside hand slightly towards the opposite hip while using inside leg. Well, the inside hand to the hip didn't translate well to steering while driving, lol. I was not doing it intentionally, it was just habit. I have been doing exercises with his hind legs after he works and is stretched out. They do seem to be helping his flexibility. Oh, I harnessed up my welsh pony today and ground drove him. For the first time in six years. He was a good man (surprised, but good πŸ˜ƒ).
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    The heat wave finally crashed and I was able to get a drive in. Keeping up with the β€œbiggies” helps get him fit. Butch Cassidy 55 mins
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    Thanks Marsha :) I did a last drive yesterday, 50 minutes for the team Massai/Moony. Today, I'll bring the three boys to their residence. Feeling a little bit bad about, because they will be not be worked the whole three weeks... but they'll have a large stable and pasture, and the person who's taking care of them is very hearty and gives very much effort in taking care of ponies.
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    Generally you do not want to vaccinate before 4 months. Assuming the mare was vaccinated, she will give immunity to the foal for at least 4 months. Here we never vaccinated before weaning --since by then it is fall, going into winter, we do not vaccinate until the next spring when the foal is a year old. If you are gelding your colt at the age of 6 months, he will need a tetanus shot at that time.
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    The weather cleared up so we took Candace and new baby Perry out to the round pen for the day. Lucky for me my grandfather built a solid bottom round pen 25 years ago. He would be pretty happy to know that after 13 years of no foals there was a new baby born in his barn. Anyway... here they are enjoying the sun. I also took a video of Perry running full speed around the round pen bucking and kicking as only a 2 day old colt can. Kicking up his heels! If you look really closely in this picture you can see the skinny white lightening bolt on his butt. He almost ended up with a Harry Potter name. That's what happens when your owner is a nerd.
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    She already said she's been milking the mare to feed the foal. (so that is good, and was very important that the foal get the colostrum. I would try tying the mare up short (snug) to a wall, and then tieing her near back leg up with a rope that ties around her neck, Then when she tries to kick at the foal, she will "trip" herself, and realize that it is a reaction to her kicking. Try getting the foal to nurse from her every couple of hours while she tied this way, and also allow the foal to stand in front of the mare. Hopefully by doing this a few times and actually having the foal nurse, she'll calm down, accept the foal as her own, and start treating it accordingly. Good Luck!
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    I met a Morgan for the first time when I was small and they made a huge impression on me, too. Yes, lots of personality! My husband got the lucky shot below of our current Morgan one misty morning. Little Buddy is his BFF.
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    You will probably have to order milk replacer online. And, no matter the brand, it's expensive. While they promote their product, Progressive Nutrition has a couple good articles about raising an orphan. Even if you don' t buy their brand, I'd read the articles for the time frames for needing liquid milk, when you can switch to a milk pellet, how often to feed, etc. I'll get you a link. http://www.prognutrition.com/pn/nutrition-information/what-to-feed-the-orphaned-foal/index.htm http://www.prognutrition.com/pn/nutrition-information/how-to-feed-the-orphaned-foal/index.htm There are several different brands of milk replacer: Buckeye Mare's Milk plus, Foal Lac, Mare's Match and, I'm sure a few others. Fortunately, I've not had an orphan foal, but have raised several orphan calves, it can take a bit of time to get them to take a bottle. I know with calves, they have to be on a bottle for 1-2 weeks due to their stomach design, but with foals being simple stomach animals, they can probably move to a pan or bucket fairly quickly. Pritchard nipples are often more acceptable to foals. https://www.jefferspet.com/products/prichard-teat-nipple As, are some human baby bottle nipples. Lamb nipples would also be something to look at. Here's a whole set up of bottle and nipple (choose lamb nipple, and you'd probably only need the quart size bottle for a mini foal): https://www.jefferspet.com/products/farm-babies-nursing-bottle An article from TheHorse.com on feeding orphans (you might have to sign-up to read this one, but it's free to join): https://thehorse.com/14390/feeding-the-orphan-foal/ Chewy dot com carries Buckeye Mare's Milk plus, so free shipping, but it's expensive: https://www.chewy.com/buckeye-nutrition-mares-milk-plus/dp/170843 [Just be sure when comparing prices to other places to order from you consider the shipping costs (many places charge $30-40 for shipping on something this size).] This place usually has $7.95 s/h for orders under #70: https://www.fleetfarm.com/detail/land-o-lakes-mare-s-match-foal-milk-replacer/0000000231675?Ntt=milk Horse dot com has two milk replacers (can often get shipping deals from them, but usually they are for under #15): https://www.horse.com/item/buckeye-nutrition-mares-milk-plus/E016404/ https://www.horse.com/item/start-to-finish-mare-replacer/E014847/ I didn't link the multi-species milk replacer, as equine specific is best. Good luck with your little one, sorry to hear mom didn't want to take care of her. If I can find the information, I'll see if I can get you information for a hormone protocol than can help a mare come around to deciding that baby isn't so bad (I came across it on FB, so not sure if it's available off FB).
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    Our antique tractor has become a bird house. Mockingbird in the radiator and some little sparrow-looking bird under the seat. It's been fun to watch them.
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    Hi Tess , to answer your questions "yes" . If you are considering taking the mare and foal together , your first thing would be to wean the foal when time . This would mean having separate yards / stalls etc to be able to do this . Then would come the training ...... Some young horses can be quite a handful to deal with . The fact you know the people your thinking of buying them from will help you when you have questions and need a hand . Your vet will be able to tell you the dietary requirements she will need , vaccinations , worming etc on a personal note , I've always wated until foals become yearlings before serious training . They are given some training then turned out to grow and develop some more . As long as your interacting with the foal on a regular basis when young it will certainly help with everything else that comes . and you can ask as many questions here as you like , happy to help 😊
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    I forgot my camera when I went there and I only have a flip phone which doesn't take good pictures. I feel sure the cowboy has no problem having his picture taken. I will remember to take the camera on Monday. I looked for pictures of the Skedco, the Army litter used for wounded, which he uses as his sled, but couldn't find any good photos online. I will write down his instagram contact.
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    We moved the horses up to the house last night and everyone settled in really quick. Which is great considering only 2 of the 4 have lived here before. Everyone even got along with the neighbors horses whom they share a fence line with. I had an hour to kill today so I got Clementine out. I was going to hitch her but we've had so much growth around here over the winter that I thought it better to ground drive her. I live right at the junction of Center and Main Streets here and they are BUSY in the summer. We used to drive on the shoulder of Main Street when we got to that road but now we have to drive in the narrow (single file only) bike path along the road between the parked cars and the moving traffic. I'd hate to have her hitched if she decided to pitch a fit about that new development. She didn't love the bright white lines we had to stay between but settled in. She was hard to get going at one point when she saw all the parked cars in our way. She's used to that shoulder being clear passage. She just stood and looked and looked. Didn't try to turn back just didn't want to go forward. Once I got her moving it was no big deal. The only problem we had was making the right turn off of Main Street back onto Center Street to go home. We moved out of the bike lane and into the right hand turn lane and cars were still trying to squeeze around us. For crying out loud! We're turning right too. I see them do this to bicycles as well. I always try to stay out of the lane of traffic UNLESS I need to make a turn or go around a large obstacle. Then I move into traffic when it is safe (with my slow moving vehicle sign on my cart or myself) and take my turn just like bicycles do. Luckily for me Clementine is sassy and doesn't let things like a car cutting too close bother her.
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    I've been thinking.... How about ID tags for bridles for our top drivers this year? Would people prefer flat kind you attach to the cheekstrap with screws or the tag style that you just hang from the bridle similar to a dog ID tag?? Or does anyone have other ideas they'd like to share??? And input is much appreciated
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    Hi, I'm new to the forum and wanted to introduce myself and them by posting some photos. I'll start off with Mr. Handsome, my 7 year old bay roan stallion. He's very friendly, smart and well behaved. I'd like to get him started on driving since he is doing so well with his other training. Been working on some tricks, lunging, and getting him used to distractions etc. I've never taught a horse to drive so I am teaching myself and my mini mare at the same time. She is the easiest going of all of them so its a great place to start.
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    Butch Cassidy looks nice and slick! Northwolf, I hope you have a nice vacation :-) Can I have 20 minutes ground driving Peanut? Thanks!
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    On a foal, I'd definitely break up the vaccine into two smaller components, and space the shots a couple weeks apart. If you have the farrier coming out, I'd have the hooves looked at, it's better to catch something early and address than to let it go on too long.
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    Here is the whole herd in one shot with their fluffy winter coats. Oscar included. The forum keeps giving me an error saying I can only post 4.88 MB photos and wouldn;t let me post this before but its letting me now. Maybe spam control? Coral and her dad have the same winter beards. Hilarious.
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    Picasso (MA2 Zipits Puzzling Picasso)(Sire: LK Buckeroo Zipit-perlino)(Dam: Piney Woods Iniki Puzzle-blk HZ tobiano LWO+) will be two months old on June 10. Here is pictures before clipped and after. Pictures may not be the best. First time he had a halter on. First time getting feet trimmed also. He was not happy. He is smoky black tobiano LWO+ and is a looker. NFS