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He's SO cute!!
It sound like Sally's done this before, as long as she's not kicking, biting or not letting him nurse don't worry. It's much better to have a mare that teaches them 'no' than one that lets them do anything, then you have to teach them no after they've been allowed to be a spoiled brat. He's going to want to eat/explore everything mom has, I found it worked well to stand with them the first couple of days and guard my foal a bit to let him get a taste of the feed then when he was really wanting his own (2-3 days old?) I put another bucket in with a bit for him and guided him to it, it took no time for him to learn where his was with the odd bit of direction. If hays an issue spread it out well so he can play with some. Sterling(?) is just exploring/learning, he doesn't need anything but milk right now. My mare let her little guy have everything but grain, pushed him out with her head. For the first two and a half days he could do no wrong but on the third night she started pushing him away(not kicking) with her back leg when he wanted to nurse. He was to ask not demand from them on. He even spent most of that night on a time out in the corner with her going over to have him nurse.

In case you weren't told to, feel his legs(joints) for any heat a couple of times a day for the next couple of weeks to make sure there's no infection and make sure the umbilical stump it drying up.

I'm jealous, Tilly is having commitment issues big time, hahaha.
 

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Oh, he might get diarrhea when she goes into her foal heat. If she does, my little one didn't go into heat until I weaned and that was at a year.

Boys can get nippy, if he does that you can try slapping your leg on the other side of where he is or doing anything that will get his attention off it and on to what your doing. It's a great way to stop the behaviour without being 'aggressive'. If he wants to jump on you to play I found swinging a lead between us worked well, let him walk into it, it's like mom swishing her tail to tell him to go away. Also a big ball to play with. Either an exercise ball or one of the big play balls from a tack store, get the cover for it to make it last longer. He'll probably want to play with the goats and donkey too.

You are going to have SO much fun with him :)
 

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Sally is the best mom (that I know of)! Now the little guy is allowed to come over and visit with us all the time. He LOVES attention, and we can touch and scratch him all over his body. I can't believe we have had this little blessing for two weeks. These two weeks sure went a lot faster!
 

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Question: When I let Sterling and Sally out to run around, it looks like Sterling is eating sand. Any ideas? Sally gets psyllium. I hope the little turd is eating some of it.

And here's a picture of Sterling getting hisIMG_20200615_112438.jpg first trim. On the whole, he was a pretty good boy. Sorry about the poopy floor. Farrier was here for hours, and clean-up hadn't happened yet.
 

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Ollie used to lie down with his feet curled under him when he was a foal every time I trimmed him, glad I do it instead of a farrier loosing their patience with him. He's great now. 😂
I hope he'd not eating the sand and just poking around at it. Maybe give him some feed wet down(so it sticks) with phyllium in it to make sure?
 

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Ollie used to lie down with his feet curled under him when he was a foal every time I trimmed him, glad I do it instead of a farrier loosing their patience with him. He's great now. 😂
I hope he'd not eating the sand and just poking around at it. Maybe give him some feed wet down(so it sticks) with phyllium in it to make sure?
good suggestion! I just had a colt decide sand was better than grass. He coliced but we caught it in time. He’s been in the stall for the last 2 weeks to keep him off the dirt and just in the last 2-3 days he’s stopped eating dirt.
 

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I know some horses eat dirt if they need minerals their not getting in their feed, supplements worth a try??
Sorry, Taz, I just saw this post!!!

Actually, it looks like he's eating goat poop. What and how do I dive him supplements? He does eat (nibble) out of Sally's feeder. Also, are we supposed to be doing anything like worming him or Sally, giving shots, etc.? Sally was wormed on the day Sterling was born.

Here's a new picture of our precious little boy. You can his silver where he has shed (scratched) on his hip. I also think he may have four white socks.IMG_20200625_082934.jpg
 

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Thanks for the picture, he's wonderful!!! Can't wait to see what colour he's going to decide to be.
If he's eating goat poop and not sand/dirt it's disgusting but I wouldn't worry about it, haha, babies! He's supposed to be eating his moms for a while to build up his gut so I would expect that would do some of the same. He should be getting the vit/min he needs from nursing, I wouldn't worry unless he does start eating dirt then just a basic vit/min supplement.
I wormed Ollie at a month and then every month till he was 6 months with pyrantyle pamoate, any brand name is fine. It's very gentle and hard to overdose. Put a tiny bit on your finger then pop it in his cheek. After that worm the same as Sally. I think shots were at 2 months when everyone else was done. I've known vets who do shots at a day old and some that wait longer, I think if he's not exposed to new horses and if yours aren't off property to pick something up I'd ask your vet what he suggests but not worry about it not being done yet.
Who's the pinto in the background? Looks like another mini but for some reason I thought you didn't have another one.
Anyone else with an opinion please add it in 😊
 

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Thanks for the picture, he's wonderful!!! Can't wait to see what colour he's going to decide to be.
If he's eating goat poop and not sand/dirt it's disgusting but I wouldn't worry about it, haha, babies! He's supposed to be eating his moms for a while to build up his gut so I would expect that would do some of the same. He should be getting the vit/min he needs from nursing, I wouldn't worry unless he does start eating dirt then just a basic vit/min supplement.
I wormed Ollie at a month and then every month till he was 6 months with pyrantyle pamoate, any brand name is fine. It's very gentle and hard to overdose. Put a tiny bit on your finger then pop it in his cheek. After that worm the same as Sally. I think shots were at 2 months when everyone else was done. I've known vets who do shots at a day old and some that wait longer, I think if he's not exposed to new horses and if yours aren't off property to pick something up I'd ask your vet what he suggests but not worry about it not being done yet.
Who's the pinto in the background? Looks like another mini but for some reason I thought you didn't have another one.
Anyone else with an opinion please add it in 😊

That's a goat! But I do have a pinto. This is my parade horse, Romeo,00100lrPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20200617194435470_COVER.jpg with my other horse, Siracha (cha cha cha) and Hubby's horse, Candy. Candy had ovarian cancer last year. :(
 

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I just called our vet about if he needs to be wormed or vaccinated. I also told the gal that he is eating goat poop and dirt. She's going to get back with me.

Here's a good picture of our petting zoo and one of Hubby in the chicken coop he built. I also threw in a pic of our 100 plus pound tortoise who thinks he's a dog. :)IMG_20200609_174228.jpgIMG_20200329_123944.jpgIMG_20200329_143938.jpg00000IMG_00000_BURST20200604194819342_COVER.jpg
 
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Beautiful animals, Holly! We've got 10 chickens too. :)

Holy smokers, that is a huge tortoise! How old is it??
 

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