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Weaning Foals: What You Need to Know

Industry experts share their low-stress weaning techniques for mares and foals.

The American Quarter Horse Journal
May 13, 2014

KT Ranch foals

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Raising a foal is filled with fun, heart-warming moments. But every foal must be weaned, and it can be a scary, stressful time for all involved. 

In “Simplifying Separation,” the second installment in The American Quarter Horse Journal’s series focused on foal management, the Journal staff asked industry professionals how they go about weaning and why.

Shedding light on the low-stress weaning topic are Garth and Amanda Gardiner of Gardiner Quarter Horses in Ashland, Kansas; Toni Meacham and Kellie Pierson-Geddes of KT Ranch, an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder in Ellensburg, Washington; Phillip Stewart of Bob Moore Farms in Norman, Oklahoma; and AQHA Professional Horseman Kevin Oliver of Canyon, Texas. 

The experts provide an in-depth and cross-industry look at weaning practices from the performance, ranching and racing segments. And while philosophies vary, whether you’re weaning one foal or 20, it’s important to do what’s best for the mares and foals. 

Topics covered in the May Journal include, 

  • When to wean
  • Low-stress weaning
  • The importance of space and time
  • Handling the foals prior to weaning
  • Keeping foals healthy during weaning
  • What you need to do if your foal will be transported after weaning

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