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    09-12-2011, 10:07 PM
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Foal
Exclamation Breeders and Foal Experts! I need some advice...

I would really like your input on feeding regimens that have worked for your weanlings and yearlings. Bought myself a nice weanling colt (6 months old) and he is a little ribby and dull coated. I know he hasn't received the proper amount of protein and was never started on feed until a few days ago. I really want to put the bloom on him without going overboard. I am slowly starting him on feed (12% but will be bumped up to 14-16% as soon as I figure out what to feed), he receives free choice timothy hay and is turned out on grass pasture (not the greatest) for about 9-10 hrs a day. I am open to supplementing his hay with some alfalfa but wanted everyone oppinions before doing so. Thanks in advance!
     
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    09-13-2011, 01:32 AM
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Trained
I feed all my lactating mares, foals, weanlings until they're 2 on Purina Mare and Foal and Ultium Growth. It has everything they need except salt and is formulated for controlled growth. The Ultium is higher in fat content and really helps the bloom. If you haven't already, I'd deworm your little guy with Ivermectin, I also do that once a month until they are 1 year old. It really helps to keep that pot belly down and to keep them thrifty and growing well. Dr. Deb Bennett says a foals ribs should show for the first 2 years of their lives, I don't know if I totally agree with that but you should be able to feel them. Her concern is that by over feeding we're creating various joint issues like DJD and OCD in the youngsters.
     
    09-13-2011, 06:22 AM
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Green Broke
I also would deworm. And slowly feed grain that is a good protein. Slowly. But bump it up every three days or so. Most babies don't need grain but this guy sounds like he had a rough start. I started my 2 year old on reg steamed rolled oats. Within one month she gained 100lbs. She needed that as she lost that when she was boarded somewhere else for a time. Just start slow, and work him up from there. Make sure his feet are trimmed regularly because diet can affect hoof growth. Good luck.
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