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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Poppy, Nearly a Yearling


..... and still nursing every chance she gets. She looks so silly, she's twice the size of her mother. The farrier says I have to separate her, like, three months ago. He says it isn't good for her anymore.


Any horse people want to weigh in?

11 comments:

Barbara said...

IMHO, yes, they need seperated. Good Luck!

berryvine said...

They do need to seperated. For the health of the mom and the foal. Just think If you nursed a baby till it was as big as you. ; )

Apple Jack Creek said...

I'm generally a fan of natural weaning, but that only works if you can count on the mama to kick the baby off when it's time! I generally decide it's time to intervene if mama is losing condition and the baby is big enough to do without.

That said, I deal with sheep and Dexter cows - no horses. It's probably different!

Aimee said...

Oh ms. That means I need to fix fences again

Mia @ agoodhuman said...

No idea about horses, but just wanted to say how beautiful Poppy is.

Aimee said...

Thank you Mia! Next question, horse folk - how long do they have to stay separated? Only until she forgets about nursing?

polly's path said...

I always thought the momma decided when it's time to boot the baby.
So much for that theory!

Cattle Call Farm said...

That picture just don't look right. Looks like it should be the other way around. lol

Lucien said...

I know how that mama feels!!

Garden Lily said...

I know nothing of horses, but it just doesn't look right. I think it's time.

penelope said...

I know (and you know) that I know nothing about horses, but it seems totally weird that nature would drop the ball on that. Why would it be that horses survived so successfully in the wild for so long if they needed people to intervene with something as basic as nursing? I am all about natural weaning for people, and I admit my ignorance about horses, but according to common sense I'd think that Rosie will do a fine job figuring out the timing.