22 Aug Creep Feeding
Creep feeding started early is a good way to ease the foal through weaning. As the foal eats more creep feed he will nurse less and the mare’s milk production will gradually decline. The mare’s peak milk production is when the foal is about three to six weeks old, just as the foal is needing more nutrients, not less. Additionally, weaning won’t be as traumatic to the foal if he is already used to eating on his own.
If you start to provide food for the foal when he is about a month old it will give him a chance to consume additional calories while he is still nursing. However, just putting the food out may not be enough as some mares won’t allow their foals to share their food. Or, if they are in a group, other mares may keep the foal from eating.