Colt not growing a month after weaning?
I mentioned this in someone else's post in the breeding section, but I thought perhaps I should start my own thread instead of hijacking theirs.
I weaned my colt at 7 months of age. He is 8 months old now. Before he was weaned, he grew like a weed. He is about 13 hands tall and 620 lbs. But in the month since he was weaned, he has not gained ANY weight at all. I am not sure about height since I don't measure his height very often. But I do use the weight tape on him at least once a week.
I figured at first it was weaning stress and he would rebound. But it's been a month. He is up-to-date on deworming and seems very healthy and energetic otherwise. He is not loosing weight and you can't see (or really even feel) any ribs. It's just that he has been sitting at 620 since he was weaned a month ago.
Is that normal? He eats the same feed he did before he was weaned. The only thing missing is his mother's milk.
He gets a generous portion of 50/50 alfalfa/bermuda hay (enough to where he always has some to munch on and never runs out of at least the bermuda portion of his hay) and he also gets 2lbs of Purina Ultium Growth. I know the label would have me feeding him wayyyy more than that, but most people I know don't even feed their young horses grain at all, so I doubt it is that.
So if he looks and acts healthy, is he okay, or should he be growing again a month after weaning?