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  • Is my miniature foal to fat?
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    11-08-2011, 03:58 PM
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Foal
Smile fatty foal belly

Hi I have a five month old welsh cob foal, he's got a fat belly I have already wormed him and nothing has changed. I have checked his manure and can not find any worms. Is this normal? Thanks for any help, Leah
     
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    11-08-2011, 04:28 PM
  #2
Foal
Anyone?
     
    11-08-2011, 04:46 PM
  #3
Showing
Many of the stockier breeds are much easier to keep weight on than leaner breeds like Thoroughbreds. My miniature and miniature/shetland foals require very little maintenance. They get hay twice a day and stay plump. Does your foal get regular exercise from turnout? What is his diet like? It's likely he's just growing into himself, so if he's not overly fat, I wouldn't worry too much.
     
    11-08-2011, 04:57 PM
  #4
Foal
Yes I take him for walk everyday. He has hay twice a day and he has chaff,calf mix and sugar beet in the evening. Some peoplehave said it looks like a wormy belly but ihave wormed him already and nothings changed.
     
    11-08-2011, 07:14 PM
  #5
Trained
Do you have a photo of him? It's possible that he's just going through an awkward growth phase - my yearling got quite a pot belly when he was about 7 months, certainly wasn't wormy and just grew out of it.
     
    11-08-2011, 09:52 PM
  #6
Started
The big belly probably has more to do with his diet than anything. Foals have a harder time breaking down and digesting long stem fibers and get that bloated belly as a result. You can add a pre/probiotic, feed him less mature fibers or just give it some time. They typically go away at about a year.
     
    11-08-2011, 11:08 PM
  #7
Trained
More than likely a hay belly. Why does he get sugar beet?
     
    11-09-2011, 11:05 AM
  #8
Foal
Yeh hopefully he will grow out of it. I thought it might be a hay belly witch it probs is. Thanks anyways :) Il upload a pic after when im on my other pc
     
    11-09-2011, 05:11 PM
  #9
Foal
Heres a picture of him
     

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