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post #21 of 113 Old 04-29-2012, 06:46 PM
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Isn't there some sort of disease or condition a foal can get if given too much proteins & starch (epigi...something like that), where their joints swell up? I thought years back, it was shown overfeeding foals grain was the cause so creep feeding ceased? Just seems to me I read this somewhere....I could be wrong.
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Ofergawdsake Ripper. There are more ways to do things than just yours ... or Hank's.

It's ok for people to disagree with you.

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I do like to creep feed, but acknowledge that it isn't the only way to raise a foal.
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Wares - your thinking of epiphysitis. And you are correct in part. It's growth to quick for their body to keep up with to put it simply... and that has been tied to diet.
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To bad you feel that way.

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I don't mean any animosity, but you have me in stitches now. Wiescamp was notorious for his selection of breeding stock. He NEVER would make a statement like "I could raise a good looking baby out of any QH cross". If that is who "taut" you, you should have listened to him a bit closer than you apparently did...
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Ofergawdsake Ripper. There are more ways to do things than just yours ... or Hank's.

It's ok for people to disagree with you.

imo

I do like to creep feed, but acknowledge that it isn't the only way to raise a foal.
Interesting take....

I have never said anyone's way was wrong.

I just stated the way I did things and what worked for me.
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I don't mean any animosity, but you have me in stitches now. Wiescamp was notorious for his selection of breeding stock. He NEVER would make a statement like "I could raise a good looking baby out of any QH cross". If that is who "taut" you, you should have listened to him a bit closer than you apparently did...
Know Hank well did ya????
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Know Hank well did ya????
Well enough to know that he NEVER condoned cross breeding...
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Well enough to know that he NEVER condoned cross breeding...
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Interesting take....

I have never said anyone's way was wrong.

I just stated the way I did things and what worked for me.
... and then proceed to argue with anyone who disagree with you ...

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A horse's intestines evolved to process grasses, hays, twigs, and even some bark. It has never been designed to process high levels of sugars and starches and many of the grains that are included in a sweet feed.

Just because it was common practice 20 years ago when you were breeding halter horses to coop a foal up in a stall for ~20 hours a day and stuff their gut full of sugars and starches and anything else that worked to make them grow faster and look more "mature" by the time they were a yearling doesn't mean that it was healthy or safe for them.

OP, if you want to creep feed the foal, then just give the mare plenty of hay at a level where the foal can get his/her head in too. If the mare or foal seem to need something more, then I would add something that was actually nutritionally designed for lactating mares and/or foals.

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