My how time has flown!
Q B One has already grown an independent spirit and is ready to create a herd of his own with other foals his age, meaning he will be weaned soon. This is a foal’s version of “graduation”. With this change, Q B One will go from being called a “foal” to now being called a “weanling”. This is an exciting time of year for our farm team; at Spendthrift Farm we wean our foals at about 5 months of age because by this time the foal’s digestive tract have matured and can handle a solid diet.
When we wean, we move two mares at a time (beginning with the mothers of the oldest foals) and transfer them to the other side of the farm, out of sight and earshot of one another. The foals will stay in the same setting where they have grown up and feel comfortable, continuing their normal routine. Throughout the process we will move a pair of mares every few days until we have one mare remaining who has been selected for her temperament. This mare is considered a “babysitter” for the group of weanlings and will remain with them for several weeks. This is a time-tested method that works well to minimize stress and ensure a smooth transition through the weaning process. Our goal is to make this process as comfortable as possible for both mare and foal.
We are excited for this new phase in Q B One’s life!
New Beholder items will be added to our store VERY soon, stay tuned! Shop her hats now at www.shopspendthrift.com
Enjoy a few new photos of Beholder & Q B One below!
Future Stallion Update: Bolt d’Oro is headed to the Runhappy Met Mile at Belmont Park (run on Belmont Stakes Day) & Free Drop Billy is headed to the Belmont Stakes, running against Triple Crown hopeful, Justify. Good luck to all connections!
– Team Spendthrift