Research-Based Weaning Tips to Reduce Stress
The newest crop of spring foals might just be arriving, but it’s never too early to start planning how to wean those babies to make the transition as smooth as possible. Not only can weaning cause immediate and significant stress, but it can also lead to behavioral problems—mostly stereotypies such as cribbing. As such, researchers have been studying ways to keep weanlings’ welfare in mind when the time comes to separate them from their dams.

Weaning in groups, weaning in pastures, removing only one mare at a time, and gradual weaning are just some of the suggestions emerging from recent studies on the topic, said Lea Lansade, PhD, of the French Horse and Riding Institute and the National Institute for Agricultura

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