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post #1 of 11 Old 09-11-2010, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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I recently bought a paso fino colt. He is 5 months old. Last night I gave a biscut or pinch of a square bale to him and a scoop of sweet feed. He ate the feed but not the hay. And this morning I let him out in the pasture and left and came back and he was in the same spot I left him. He is attached to me in only a few days. I have bale of hay in the hay rack for the goats and he doesn't even touch it. I showed him where it was but he had no intrest in it. Then tonight I went to put him up and on the way to the barn he would graze at the grass. So I let him. Then I went and put him up and gave him a scoop of feed and he ate that. I still have the same hay in the rack from last night that he didn't eat. So I'm going to see how tonight goes.
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-11-2010, 07:50 PM
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I recently bought a paso fino colt. He is 5 months old. Last night I gave a biscut or pinch of a square bale to him and a scoop of sweet feed. He ate the feed but not the hay. And this morning I let him out in the pasture and left and came back and he was in the same spot I left him. He is attached to me in only a few days. I have bale of hay in the hay rack for the goats and he doesn't even touch it. I showed him where it was but he had no intrest in it. Then tonight I went to put him up and on the way to the barn he would graze at the grass. So I let him. Then I went and put him up and gave him a scoop of feed and he ate that. I still have the same hay in the rack from last night that he didn't eat. So I'm going to see how tonight goes.

Could he be grazing in the pasture when you were not around? Is there grass in it? Could be he was mostly kept outdoors and so ate mostly or only grass and grain. My mare won't touch hay if she can have grass or grain.
Also what type of hay are you feeding. I know goats preffer a coarser hay then horses and a young one especially might be use to a different type of hay then you feed your goats.

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Indy was $150 we keep her in a pasture with a shed for free and she is brushed and fussed over dailey. Other then deworming and feet trimming she isn't costing us anything.

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Where we got him from there was no grass. I have grass in my pasture but not where I let him, he doesn't go to the bottom of the hill were there is grass for some reason. He like to stay as near to the house as he can.
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My daughter's Paso Fino does not do well with sweet feeds - not only do they make her "hot" and hard to handle, but she tends to turn her nose up and the feeds that are really good for her.

Your foal is really just a baby - and the sweet feed is like feeding him candy all the time. Try slowly cutting out the sweet feed and adding pelleted alfalfa. If necessary, you can add a little water and foal lac. Some weanlings get upset tummies during the process of weaning off of mother's milk and onto regular horse feed. Most likely, your baby hasn't had a lot of experience with hay, and may not quite know what to do with it yet.

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What type of hay did you offer him? Do you have other hay blends or cuts from different times in the year that you can offer him?

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Indy was $150 we keep her in a pasture with a shed for free and she is brushed and fussed over dailey. Other then deworming and feet trimming she isn't costing us anything.
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so wean out the sweet feed and start alfalfa pellets? I noticed tonight when I was cleaning out his stall that he was kinda mad. He was trying to kick me when I would go behind him to clean up poop. So maybe the sweet feed is making him hyper.
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recent cut hay! Horse quality. Smells fresh!
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so wean out the sweet feed and start alfalfa pellets? I noticed tonight when I was cleaning out his stall that he was kinda mad. He was trying to kick me when I would go behind him to clean up poop. So maybe the sweet feed is making him hyper.
That's what I would do if he were mine. I would soak the alfalfa in a bit of water - just enough to moisten it - if he won't it it dry. You can add some foal lac pellets if you think he needs the extra nutrition - but the alfalfa is pretty good on it's own. Just monitor his health and growth and adjust his feed accordingly.

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Wholeheartedly agree with Dee. IMHO, the only horses that come close to needing the extra sugars in a sweet feed are heavily worked performance horses. It's just too darn hot for those youngsters. If at first, he is reluctant to eat just the forage, give him a bit of time, he'll eat when he's hungry enough .

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recent cut hay! Horse quality. Smells fresh!

I didn't mean it was bad but some horses are very picky about what hay they eat. I know horses that won't touch first cut hay even if they are so skinny they look to be starving but give them second cut and they inhale it. If the baby was raised on second cut and you feed him first cut he might not like it or even realize he should be eating it.

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Indy was $150 we keep her in a pasture with a shed for free and she is brushed and fussed over dailey. Other then deworming and feet trimming she isn't costing us anything.
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