Yeah, every time the vet sees him he says "he's going to be a big horse," lol!
Right now he is 10 weeks and he weighs 300 lbs according to the weight tape. He grows like a weed!!! But I have not been pushing for growth because I am worried about ephyisitis, and he's my first foal so I don't want to screw him up. I initially started giving him a little grain mix formulated for foals but I cut it out completely and am feeding him and his mom about a 50/50 alfalfa bermuda mix hay. So hopefully he will grow just right and not too fast. (They also have free choice to a mineral block and a salt block)
Is there anywhere I can find out what is "normal" as far as weight/height for a particular age foal? Like how I can know how my foal compares to his peers of the same age? Because he is my first and I am pretty clueless, other than everyone says he's big, lol!
I am so happy with my little boy! Even his behavior has been better lately (the nippy-ness was driving me crazy, but he's been better lately).
I am so happy to have a foal of my own!
I have him tying, grooming, picking up his feet, leading, ponying and doesn't mind wearing tarps, saddle blankets, etc. So I'm very proud of him! And his mom is a sweetheart too! She gets a bit hyper at times under saddle, but I actually rode her for an hour today away from the baby and she did super, other than being a little barn sour, but she has always been that way even before he was born.
But what a miracle that she came pregnant and I got the foal I always dreamed of. It wasn't easy the first couple of weeks, but I feel like we are over most of the medical issues now (he was born with a deformed cannon bone and patent urachus). Thank you for letting me share my joy!