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        09-30-2011, 06:37 AM
      #11
    Foal
    He has the sweetest face. He looks happy and healthy :) I think you should keep feeding and start exercising him now.
         
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        09-30-2011, 12:02 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Thanks everyone for the replies. When I got him he was pretty skinny (hip bones, ribs, and back ridge stuck out). I just want to make sure he has enough weight on for the winter as it gets pretty cold here. He's on sweet feed right now as that's what the BO feeds. I'm not sure how much hay he gets a day (sometimes he has unlimited, sometimes not). He is in a paddock, so no grazing, but I am thinking about moving him to another barn which does have a large pasture.
    I'm not too worried about his ribs as his dam and grandsire were very slabsided and always had ribs showing no matter how much you fed them, and he seems to have inherited that.
    Its nice to know that he's almost back to where he should be though.
    I have been working a bit on the muscle gain, but don't want to push him too much until spring due to an old tendon injury he had before I got him.
    Should I start cutting the feed back, or leave it as it is for now? Its starting to get cold at night, and he's out 24/7. I'm thinking he may need the feed to keep the weight on as its only going to get colder.
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        09-30-2011, 12:04 PM
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    Weanling
    Oh, and he's only a touch over 3, so still has a little of the teenage ganglies. :)
    And he usually does not stand so camped out (I think he was stretching) but he is sicklehocked.
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        09-30-2011, 01:09 PM
      #14
    Foal
    I agree with most of the other posts! Not too skinny, just in need of some muscle now!
         
        09-30-2011, 08:34 PM
      #15
    Trained
    I'd personally avoid feeding sweet feed or other 'junk food'. If you are going to continue feeding this or other starchy, grainy feed, it's even more important to feed it little & often, rather than only a meal or 2 daily. You might want to up his hay closer to winter &/or if you cut the sweets. I imagine you will rug him, so keep in mind this, to a large degree, negates the extra energy they may expend keeping warm in winter. If he's living out & naked in a cold climate he will likely need a bit more.
         

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