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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition

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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Weaning times

Hi, I am new to this board. I was wondering what is the ideal age for weaning foals. I am expecting two babies this spring and was wondering. I see a lot of weanlings with pot bellies and wondered if there was a correlation with being weaned to early.

Where are you from? Utah

How did you locate this forum? Another forum link

Re: Weaning times

Hi Paula,

I like to let foals nurse until they are at least 6 months of age, and preferably a bit longer. And, the weaning process should be slow and with minimal stress. Stressful weaning has been attributed to many bad behavioral habits in adult horses.

A foal that is weaned too early and is not given a diet that is high in quality protein can experience bloating due to edema (water imbalance). That may be what you are noticing.

All the best,

Dr. Getty