Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
• Horses: 0
Don't blame winter.
I live in Alberta, where winters are extreme, and weaned many foAL crops over the years, and none became thin or unthrifty
Either the nutritional needs of this young horse are not being met, or he has some Medical condition, including parasite burden
First, do you have any idea of the protein and energy levels in those round bales?
Just because those bales are touted as being grass , alfalfa mix, does not guarantee anything. It could be very mature hay, mostly grass with some alfalfa
I fed our weanlings a 50/50 % alfalfa hay, cut in medium maturity .
Weanlings do not have the git size to process large amount of mature fiber,or not very nutritionally dense hay, to get the daily nutrition they need
Is he in with other weanlings, or a bunch of older horses?
Babies need to be fed separately from mature horses, esp during that first winter. If hay alone does not meet their caloric and protein needs, you can feed a mixture of soaked beet pulp and oats. My babies got that twice a day.They also had free choice minerals and salt
Weanings need that 14 % protein, as it is the building blocks, and enough energy (calories ) to keep good weight