When to Wean?

Horse & Rider - - Horsekeeping -

In the wild, foals re­main with their dams for a year or more, pushed away only when the mares are pre­par­ing to give birth to the next sea­son’s foals. Though breed­ers to­day may wean their foals as early as 4 months of age, the most re­cent think­ing is that wait­ing un­til the foal is at least 6 months old may of­fer ad­van­tages to the foal’s long-term health and well­be­ing. In par­tic­u­lar, re­search has shown that early-weaned foals are at greater risk of de­vel­op­ing, later in their lives, stereo­typic be­hav­iors such as crib­bing or wind-suck­ing, weav­ing, and stall-walk­ing.

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