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 on: Today at 12:49:48 AM 
Started by Carly Rae - Last post by Carly Rae
I'm glad to hear that its something that wont be ongoing (hopefully)! Thanks for the help   ;D


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 on: December 10, 2017, 03:04:03 PM 
Started by Carly Rae - Last post by Holly
I feel your pain. Had a Welsh foal that thought it was fun to sneak up bite and run off kicking. Once I learned his game.. I had an elbow ready that he smacked his own face on. That was the end of his game. I try to let them teach their self by providing the opportunity.. however I've been known to pop and holler attttt!. I've even followed it up with a squeal and a fake kick.some f oals are just a bit more determined than others. I make sure they know they are allowed to approach me nice but not with attitude. Try to mimic what mares do.
She sure is cute!!

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 on: December 10, 2017, 02:56:41 PM 
Started by Holly - Last post by Holly
Little girl is home with mom and dad and brothers. She's doing fantastic! She's able to breast feed but can't get a good suction because of the cleft in the soft pallet. So she does nurse from mom but it's difficult and wears her out. The Dr browns speciality feeder bottle is amazing. It helps with the suction. A lot less air swallowed , less burping, less gas.
We're hoping the soft pallet And lip can be repaired at the same time but won't know til we see the Dr.  Not really sure how feeding will be done after the repair... we still have so much to learn. The cleft mom support group on FB has been a wealth of info as well as supportive.
I just can't stop looking at her.... sweetest feeling ever!

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 on: December 09, 2017, 06:27:47 PM 
Started by Holly - Last post by Silver City Heritage Farm
Oh, that is very good news Holly!! I'm with Diane, with thanks for answered prayers. 😍😍😍

She is such a pretty baby, and I'm glad everyone is doing well.  Will she have to wait for the surgery before she can be breastfed? Has she gone home yet?

Are you VERY excited to have your first Christmas as a grandmamma??

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 on: December 09, 2017, 10:03:15 AM 
Started by Carly Rae - Last post by dcwolcott
You're totally right, she VERY cute!

Kind of normal for some foals, and she'll likely grow out of it.  I actually "popped" a foal's muzzle with a stern "STOP" to get one of mine to move on from nipping.  Took a while, and wasn't really hard -- just surprising.

You did nothing wrong, by the way.  Playing with her is great for socialization.  Then, you watch Willow.  When she gets tired of being kicked -- which at this point she knows is common -- she'll teach little Moo not to do it, and she probably won't be as gentle as you are.  Mares have a great way of teaching their youngsters to behave.


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 on: December 09, 2017, 09:57:04 AM 
Started by Holly - Last post by dcwolcott
So glad you are safe and HOORAY for the kids doing such a fine job!!

This is a great story, and I, too, would feel much safer knowing they both are competent protectors!!  Two hugs around the neck from me for saving you, my friend!

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 on: December 09, 2017, 09:49:20 AM 
Started by Holly - Last post by Holly
I am honestly not for sure... I give them each 6 cups twice daily....and pretty sure my family gives them mid day or late evening another 3-6. And neither of mine are overweight. But they are very active. Sometimes I thing they are so trim they could use weight lol.
We feed 4 health grain free from local tractor supply. We mix different flavors together sometimes throw in a small bag of 4 health puppy.  I do give them my hamburger grease top over their feed but it's not very much. They get egg and Alaska salmon oil too at times top dressed. Usually once a week I throw them each a bit of raw chicken and beef... really wish I could feed raw all the time but it's impossible with life.
Bear got a skin disorder  from the flood waters lost a lot of hair on hos legs and sides. It's slowly coming back and seems we found the correct treatment and he is looking much better. Sure had me worried for a while. I thought he was going to be bald for winter.

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 on: December 09, 2017, 09:48:14 AM 
Started by Carly Rae - Last post by Chanda
Some what normal behavior, and you're right, you don't want to encourage it and you need to find a way to discourage it that doesn't look like play to Moo.   You can try responding with "uh uh" in a growly tone or telling her "quit".  (I prefer not to use "no" as it sounds to much like WHOA).
Monte kicked me every day for two weeks when he was around 2-3 weeks old, it ended almost as fat as it started.

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 on: December 09, 2017, 03:16:07 AM 
Started by Carly Rae - Last post by Carly Rae
Hi!
Thought I'd post a topic for Moo, shes 12 days old now and doing really well.

I am looking for some pointers though. I think Moo sees us as apart of her 'herd' and wants to play with us. Nothing she does looks aggressive in any way, but she tries to bite when I pat her, kicking is still a big thing but is slowly getting better, and she has started to run up and rear at us with her mouth open.

I don't want to encourage it, but don't know how to go about it. I've tried to just shoo her away and stomp my foot as soon as she rears at me, but it doesn't get the message through that I'm not playing and she keeps coming back. Also shes really bad for kicking Willow too.

Any suggestions how I should react when she rears up at me, kicks and bites?

I've never had a foal that has acted this way, but then again I have never handled foals when they were born as much as I did with Moo. So I guess its a mistake on my behalf, but I need to try stop it, she hasn't hurt me yet but I assume she will when shes bigger.
If I were to put them in a paddock of their own and limit our contact with her for a while and just let her be a horse, would that help at all?

On the bright side, shes super cute!
 

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 on: December 08, 2017, 11:34:02 PM 
Started by Holly - Last post by Chanda
Glad you are safe and your Great Pyrs did their job very well.

I gotta ask...  How much do they eat?   It seems like we go through a ton of dog food with 3 mid-size stock dogs, and they aren't near as big a Pyr.  Thanks

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