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post #1 of 2 Old 09-19-2009, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Feeding a 5-6 month old

I've seen a few threads lately regarding what to feed a weanling. I saw this comment in another thread and it got me to thinking..

Foals go thru a really ugly stage when they are weaned. Especially if they arent fed enough protein as they get that big bloated belly and the hind legs will go off. (need some junk in the trunk) Once they get their weight back and bloom they look like a whole different horse.
I live in a very remote area and don't have access to a huge variety of different feeds. I keep alfalfa pellets,12% sweet feed, oats and flax on hand. Last weekend I tried to go shopping for Front Runner Phase One or Two, for the weanling, but couldn't even find that, even though the feed store carries their pamplets. <sigh> They had nothing formulated for weanlings and suggested I just stay with 12% sweet feed and alfalfa pellets.

I'm curious as to what I should be feeding my horses. What does my 16 month old yearling Lillie need in the way of feed? According to the pamphlet showing the "complete equine feeding guide"..she should be getting 13 lbs of hay and 6 lbs of the Phase Two feed (which is a 14% feed suppliment that I can't get, lol)

Right now Lillie gets about 1/2 lb of sweet feed, 1 lb of alfalfa pellets and 1/2 cup of flax a day along with free choice hay/grass.

According to the pamphlet a 6 month old weanling should be fed 7 lbs of hay and 5 lbs of their Phase One or Phase Two feed. (Phase One is a 16% feed suppliment)

What should I be feeding both of them to maintain proper weight and giving them the proper protein they need that I can actually get in my area?

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post #2 of 2 Old 09-19-2009, 07:14 PM
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my weanling is 5 mo old, OLD/ISR and currently getting a combination of mare and foal and growth feeds by Legends. both are higher in protein (between 14 - 16% - not positive as i don't have the info right in front of me) and i know that is important to his growth. he also gets free choice hay, and while he's a hare pot-bellied for his age, he's still growing of course and isn't ribby for more than a few days pre-growth spurt. his coat is shiny and he's very vibrant so i'm confident that he's getting the nutrition that he needs. hope that helps!

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