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post #1 of 33 Old 08-04-2011, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Question about foal's hooves

I have a 3 month old foal. He has a very slow walk, but will run when he is playing. I was wondering if he might be starting to founder. His hooves look like they are growing too long. I feed him about 4 cups of 12% sweet feed 3 times a day and milk replacer 2 times a day. Do you think he would founder on that? I will try to post a picture of his hooves later tonight. I have had him since he was 4 weeks old. He also has all the hay he can eat. He doesn't get much green grass because it is too dry here and we don't have any. I sure hope I haven't fed him too much or the wrong things.
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post #2 of 33 Old 08-04-2011, 07:06 PM
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Holy COW??? A foal on sweet feed???

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post #3 of 33 Old 08-04-2011, 07:52 PM
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Way too much for a baby.
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4 CUPS of sweet feed 3 times a day? So a total of 12 cups? that sounds like a lot for a baby, however I don't know much about feeding foals. Pictures would help but I'd be really concerned about his weight just from what you're saying.
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I guess my question is who told you to feed that to a foal?
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A colt- especially that age- should NOT be on sweetfeed, much less as much as or more than the average horse. Sweet feed contains large amounts of sugar, which can be very harsh on a horse's digestive system. They are generally made up of mostly molasses, corn, starches, and other sugars. All of these things are extremely hard to digest, can make risks of founder/colic higher, and ofcourse- can make a horse hot!

Why is he not still suckling? At this point he needs to be taking atleast half of his nutrition in by milk, not feed. I'd be really concerned right now, especially if he's overweight. Calling a vet out and getting him on a higher-nutrience feed, as well as getting his feet trimmed if you think they're too long would be the first steps. Founder is a very serious thing that can ruin his life or even potentially end it. You can't be too careful

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A colt- especially that age- should NOT be on sweetfeed, much less as much as or more than the average horse. Sweet feed contains large amounts of sugar, which can be very harsh on a horse's digestive system. They are generally made up of mostly molasses, corn, starches, and other sugars. All of these things are extremely hard to digest, can make risks of founder/colic higher, and ofcourse- can make a horse hot!
Another big risk for a foal with this much feed is OCD.
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I have a feeling if this foal is on a replacer either the mare died or rejected the foal. But man, get him off that feed. If its because of the replacer get something made for growing babies and give him way less than you are now. You will ruin his growing bones in a hurry.
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The man at the feed store told me to feed him as much sweet feed as he would eat. Also someone on this forum told me to feed him sweet feed. He is not on the mother because the people we got him from sold the mare and then sold the foal so they would make more money--so I bought the foal. I feed him milk replacer three times a day. How long should I keep him on milk replacer and what should I be feeding him? I could not get a picture tonight so I will try to get one tomorrow. I really appreciate all the replies.
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I was giving my foal Purina Ultium Growth. It is made for growing horses but is a bit on the costly side. Purina Strategy GX is also forumulated to be fed to growing horses. Either way, skip the sweet feed (feed store guy does not know what he is talking about) and get something formulated for growing horses. I think there is also a product called Equine Junior which is a complete feed.

Babies need a lot of protein and the correct amount of vitamins/mineral or messing up his growth plates is a very real concern.

The sweet feed does not have enough protein and is not formulated to grow a baby.
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