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I've had ...
Drying up a mare?
How long does it usually take for a lactating mare to dry up?
I've had my mare and foal separated for a little over two weeks - everything is going very well, they were ready to be apart but I don't want to put them back together too soon.
I love riding my Standardbred!
It depends on the mare. But definitely takes longer than two weeks, try two months.
Make sure you are not feeding momma too much right now or she'll just continue to make more milk. I keep momma and baby seperated for at least 4 months before I consider putting them back together.
We never put momma and baby back together, but if we were going to I'm with sunstacres....AT LEAST 4 months.
Cut back the hay/grain down to "maintenance" amounts. If not slighly less if she needs a few lbs taken off as well. Less nutrients she has, the less the body will think to make milk.
Dn't touch her down there, avoid any chance of "stimulating" milk let down.
It will take 4-6 months before you can re-introduce momma and baby in the same area. Because you want baby TOTALLY not looking to re-feed off of her.
Nothing like seeing nature from the back of a horse!
Thanks for the info guys!
I had figured about 2 months but considering we are in Canada and lots of energy is needed by our horse's bodies I have heard people say theirs have only take about a month (under these circumstances and when they have not been putting mom and baby back together). Its almost 3 weeks now and I have found that due to the extreem cold we have had the past two days her udder has come down a considerable amount even since I first posted this!
I love riding my Standardbred!
I just woulden't rush it just wait until you KNOW they are both ready so you will have a smaller chance of problems.
We also never put them back with the mare, though this year maybe next summer since we had 2 filly's that our stallion will be breeding in the future. Both mares took about 2 weeks to dry up. What was really strange was that the one mare whose baby was hardly ever with her and alway's off playing with the other foal and momma was shook up for a good 2 weeks and actually dropped at least 30 tro 40 pounds in a hurry. It took us a good month or more to bring her weight back up with extra everything.
It didn't bother the foals just a couple days of fence walking and some hollering.
generally not the best plan to put momma and baby back together until baby is an adult. If you have no other choice then you should wait a minimum of 4-6 months, better safe than sorry. I have even seen a foal try and suckle at 16months which would not be good for momma.
We had a foal weaned last year in October and we put him back with his momma in December. He tried to nurse off her only a couple times, and each time, the mare kicked him (or AT him) and he never tried to nurse again. They're still pastured together today and the foal doesn't act like a momma's boy at all. Although she still has an udder, she's not producing milk.
Drying Up a Mare?
I seperated my mare for 2 months and put them back together. The mare started lactating again. Now the baby is 7 months and I see her nursing occasionally. Trying to figure out if I HAVE to wean them again. It is just the two of them so they get so said to be alone even if they can touch each other over the fence.
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