So I need help rehabbing a skinny yearling. It is a sticky situation, but the important part now is that he is being rehabbed and fed, per my recommendations to the owners. He is approx 14 months old, and I'd put his body scale at a 2- 2.5. So skinny.
The little guy in question is an AQHA colt. He should reach over 15.3 at maturity.
Anyways, he has always had either hay or pasture, but no grain worth mentioning. He needs grain, bad. I have some that we are going to feed him, and have started. But before I get all ahead of myself, I want to be sure we aren't going to do him more harm than good by feeding him too much too fast. Yesterday I gave him 3 pounds. At full feedings per day, he should be getting around 7, or more. But I only have experience with already healthy yearlings, not underweight ones. I know I fed mine a mix of cracked corn and oat when she was little. I gave her about a pound for every hundred pounds that she was. So at yearling age about 8-9 pounds a day, depending. I know that's what he will need also, if not more than that, to maintain weight. But what should I be giving to BUILD weight.
Right now I have a bag of Junior Dynasty feed. That's what I fed him yesterday. I checked the bag, it's 16% protein. Is there any other feed that would do him better?
He gets a good mix of grass/alfalfa/clover hay as well. He is also put on pasture, but we are in drought, so its not very rich or plentiful. We are planning on moving him to a better pasture sometime this week.
So advice please. I know a little about equine nutrition, but once again I am not an expert in rehabbing a thin one. How much do I feed him, and at what rate do I increase it?
Oh and btw I am going to buy a scale to weigh everything with, to be sure I am giving the proper amounts to him.