Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Weaning Beretta

In spite of the fact that it took a couple of extra days to actually get the job done, Beretta's weaning went very smoothly. It never, ever pays to get in a hurry when it comes to babies.

Chunk can be convinced to do pretty much anything if feed is involved...

This poor mare! She is just too darn pretty to be allowed to stay in this ridiculously fat condition. She can be a very nice mare to handle, but horses have a tendency to be belligerant and stupid when they are obese. However, in this case, her gluttonous nature actually came in handy.

Beretta was trying to be very accomodating through the whole process...
Keeping things quiet and as stress free as possible is so important with these little guys. Ramming them around can show up for a long time down the road.

It ended up going just like this...


I simply walked up behind the door, untied it and slowly eased it closed.

We headed to mom's, where these two were unloaded into the barn and allowed to settle for about an hour. Beretta was moved into a stall. I caught Chunk, wormed her, pulled mane hair for her DNA testing, hopped her back on the trailer and away we went. At that point, I was moving too quickly to take the time for pictures.

We are so fortunate to have the means to remove the mare and foal from each other's vicinity. Both get a little anxious as long as they can hear each other, but as soon as they are out of earshot from one another, it really is amazing how quickly they settle down.

I dropped Chunk in the pasture with the rest of the horses... Caught Megan's Strawberry and headed back to town. Ring around the rosie with ponies-Sheez!

Beretta looks very good, but weaning her came none too soon. She has a bit of lumpy joint going on...
Oh yay-yet more pictures of a horse that needs their feet trimmed! Well, little miss is going to have to wait until her training catches up before that gets done.

Most foals will go through a period of lumpy joints and usually come out of it without supplements. We prefer to supplement with Lampley's A-Z and Basic Mineral. That was not possible with feeding Beretta and Chunk together because Chunk is not a "sharer" of feed, even with her own foal. She allowed Beretta in there just enough so she learned how to eat grain, not enough that she ever got a meal. The first order of business will be to get Miss Beretta on her own ration with the supplements she needs.

So far, Beretta seems very sweet. We will have to see how accomodating she is about being haltered tomorrow.

9 comments:

Adventures of a Horse Crazed Mind said...

Sounds like you made a neat job of it. One question... Where did Chunk's tail go:)?

That filly is lookin' pretty fine!

Michelle said...

Glad the trailering/weaning went well. Sounds like you've done this a time or two before. =)

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Horse Crazed-I don't know that she ever had a great tail? My brother said that when he had her up to start her, he put a tail bag on her and one morning he walked out to find the tail bag stuck on the fence. What tail Chunk had was still in the bag and she has just never grown one back. I think it would if she was kept up and pampered a bit-the hair grows, it just breaks off. She makes a great case for fake tails don't she? LOL

Michelle-Just a couple times.;)

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

Well done - the foal we weaned we only had to trailer momma away -- I've never trailered my horses loose in the trailer -- I know people do but I would probably have terrible luck and some injuries.... Job well done -- doesn't it feel good to get some thinks off of your list! Have a great day!

Andrea said...

It's so nice when you can take the momma away, it makes for a much happier weaning process. We never get to do that and it takes a good month of the baby staying in a stall and the momma standing behind the stall. I am so glad I am done with babies. they are sure cute and fun, but a lot of work!!

Beretta is looking good!! She is going to be another big one!!

Danielle Michelle said...

You're filly looks great!

I've got to get my little bugger weaned and hopefully it goes as smoothly as your did!

cdncowgirl said...

Your 2nd pic, the one with Beretta & Chunk, made me giggle. Chunk looks like one of those people who just can't help themselves from butting into other people's pictures.
"Oh, oops soorry... didn't realize you were trying to get a shot of the baby!" lmao

And that big white blaze *sigh* Beretta is going to be one helluva looker :)

Been meaning to ask, where do you buy Lampleys? Looked it up online but the site was disabled.

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Cdn-try this...

http://www.franklampley.com/

The phone number listed is 610-942-4353. Not sure if the toll free number will work internationally but it is 800-327-0727.

Frank's email is listed as FLampley@franklampley.com.

I will double check with mom in the morning and make sure that all of that information is correct. I know she has their correct number because she talks to them regularly.

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Glad it went well!!! We really need to wean around here, but there is always something!! Hopefully soon though!