Odin weaning Time
W eaning is always a time
that is difficult for both foal and mare. At our sanctuary we are very
good at deciding what is best to do. Odin is now 8 months old and is
ready to be fully weaned. His weaning programme began a few months ago
with our horse trainer who uses very tiny subtle actions. It was so good
Odin was perfect at following his instructions. Just 10 minutes a few
days a week and he knows almost the same as our older horses. He was
able to feed and stay with his mum every day so there was no
interruption of his feeding or growing programme. He is now at a perfect
weight and very active and healthy.
If we were to leave his
weaning till later on, he would be getting out of control and we would
not be able to work with him. This would make it very dangerous for our
volunteers and the other horses. Using our gentle weaning approach you
cannot tell he has moved away from his mom and understands so much until
you see him working with us. Today he is in the field with his new
friend buddy. They are playing games and having a great time. Molly his
mom is going to our Neston fields for a well earned rest and some extra
TLC from Laura our groundwork expert. We do take advice from the vets at
Leahurst and our own horsemanship experts. We make sure our ponies and
horses live a happy and stress-free life.
Odin is now ready to be gelded and have
his passport and micro-chip done. Going into Leahurst for 3 days
will be somewhat stressful for him, it will be his first time away
from us all. We have been preparing him for the trip for about 2
months now, working with him almost every day by taking him for
walks and then trailer loading him. He has been separated from his
mum lots of times now, they both seem to be getting used to it. The
vet said for Odin, it will be the best time to bring him in. We are
all going to worry while he is away from us. There is so much to say
about him we will update again soon. You can sponsor here to help with his vet
bills. Spirit Of Odin
Odin Growing Up
Saturday morning, this is the first time Odin has
had a head collar on. He was a little flighty at first but he soon
calmed down to accept the head collar. We left it on for 10 mins then
removed it. We repeated it once again before letting him and his Mum go
back to the field. We did pick up his front legs during this time. So it
was a great success and Odin was not upset by it all. Sunday Morning.
Second fitting for Odin with the head collar. No problem he stood nice
and still while it was put on. Legs picked up even his back legs.
It seems he has a lovely temperament and will be just great to work with
as he gets older.
Odin Dry & Wet
We hope you can see how Odin
has progressed from being a tiny foal to now looking like a young horse.
We will be posting more pictures as he starts his groundwork training.
But for now he is just being a lil foal and playing.
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