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post #1 of 9 Old 11-08-2011, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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hi i have a five month old welsh cob foal, hes 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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post #2 of 9 Old 11-08-2011, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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More than likely a hay belly. Why does he get sugar beet?
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-09-2011, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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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
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heres a picture of him
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