It was a sad day on Friday 24 October 2014 when the dam of legend Makybe Diva died at the age of 19. Her latest foals include a full sibling to Makybe Diva and the most recent foal is a filly by All Too Hard….
Makybe Diva is the greatest Australian stayer of the current era and possibly of all time and Tugela’s loss is a great loss to the industry. Currently she has La Amistad flying the family’s flag.
Tugela is pictured above with Makybe’s full sister.
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When to wean a foal?
I usually wean about 5 to 6 months but in the wild this often does not occur until a few months later. It can also be driven by factors such as the foal’s condition and the mare’s condition. If weanlings are to be sold it can also be driven by sale dates but now, with this site, you have another option for selling your youngsters which is sutied to their timetable rather than to the auction houses’ timetables.
I have one mare who looks like a coat hanger after a few months no matter how much she’s fed and the only way to get her condition back is to wean the foal, especially if she’s in foal again.
I have another mare who will not let her foal eat with her. She will let it suckle but not eat a meal with her so her foal get their own meals from very early on and are quite easy to wean as a result.
It can be very a very traumatic time for a foal but if you can get your mares to foal reasonably close together then the foals will have each other to bond with. As I have quite a small proporty I have found it best to send the mares away completely for about one month then bring them home.
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