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    07-29-2009, 03:05 AM
Eating this Soon? And Teeth Already?

My mom's mare had a colt born on July 4th. He was huge when he was born, and at less than a month old is larger than my '08 filly was at 2mos. He already has about 2cm of teeth showing, more every day.

Over the last week, he went from showing interest in his dam's food to straight up eating it. Today, I'd guess he ate 1/8 of her evening ration. He's also eating hay, grazing when he lays down, eating leaves off branches he can reach and will nibble at a soggy horse treat. I'm not talking general interest here, I'm talking actively seeking out solid food, chewing and swallowing. When I take his dam on walks in high grass, he eats what he can reach when we stop.

Should he eat that much this early? He's keeping his mom's bag low from constant feeding, and he's a BIG boy with teeth, but is this out of the ordinary?

If it helps, he's a Tennessee Walker colt with a 15h dam and a 16.1h massive sire. The pic below is of him at a week old. He's filled out a LOT since then, he looks like a refined QH.

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    07-29-2009, 03:32 AM
Holy moley. He has got SO much muscle!
    07-29-2009, 04:32 AM
Lol yes, he is quite the little body builder. Not an ounce of fat on him.
    07-29-2009, 10:30 AM
Yep our filly had teeth errupting at 2 wks of age and was trying to eat mamas food.
    07-29-2009, 10:38 AM
Wow! Your colt is gorgeous - and huge!

Buy 2-3 weeks the colt at our place was trying to eat his mama's food. They love to copy what the adults do.
    07-29-2009, 11:32 AM
I have had foals that are eating at 2 days old...lots of foals are born with teeth. I don't think you have anyone to worry about!
    07-29-2009, 11:36 AM
We started creep feeding our fillies at two weeks.
    07-29-2009, 12:30 PM
OMG...thats a colt on steriods lol!

I think its perfectly normal. My Filly at 9 days has teeth coming in and is mimmicking mom with eating. Let nature take its course, he needs to eat if he is draining mom's bags.
    07-29-2009, 02:01 PM
Yup, it's normal :) My foals are eating with momma (her food) within their first week :)
    07-29-2009, 05:21 PM
Wow, my goodness he's huge. Im a sucker for big horses but yes, its normal. Heres our newest colt at 2weeks old grazing with momma.

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