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        12-04-2008, 05:42 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    I don't know what your plans are for him.. But as far as health, make sure you kep up on your wormings, and that you keep a good healthy diet for him.. Other then that, he looks fine (nothing sticks out as far as serious worries). He does have quite a haybelly, but nothing I would be too concerned about, unless doing serious shows.

    See how he turns out as he starts going into his yearling phase. There are still going to be some radical changes he will make through this point in his life!
         
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        12-04-2008, 07:58 AM
      #12
    Started
    Studies have shown that hay belly is often caused from low quality forage and/or inadaqute forage digestion ...

    What is the rest of his diet??
         
        12-04-2008, 12:58 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Thanks for the replies. He is getting a grass/alf mix hay- morning and evening. We feed the large bales and I would say he gets about 1/3 slab of hay both morning and evening. It is hard to find hay that doesn't contain any alfalfa in it due to where we live. Then I am feeding Buckeye growth- only about 1 pound morning and 1 pound night. The bag says to feed a lot more, but the mountain horses are easy keepers that I don't want to over do it and cause problems.
    Any suggestions or changes?
         
        12-04-2008, 07:54 PM
      #14
    Started
    Go to Buckeye Gro N Win only feed 1lb a day
         
        12-05-2008, 10:51 AM
      #15
    Foal
    Peggysue-
    That is what I was feeding and just switched him off as the buckeye rep told me I should switch to the growth so that he doesn't eat only a pelleted grain- hmmmm....not sure what to do as I have almost a full bag of the growth.....do a 50/50 mix and cut back you think?
         
        12-05-2008, 11:54 AM
      #16
    Started
    What the hell does the form of feed have to do with it ..?? Man some of the stuff Reps tell people BLOWS me away ... does that rep realize that the growth is made in both a pellet and a textured feed... DUH ... growths MIN amount is 2 1/2 lbs ...

    I put my yearling on Gro N Win and he is PERFECTLY fine as a three year old... reps are that reps they ahve no clue on nutrition besides what the company tells them ... Gro N Win can be fed to weanlings on up... and if you email they will send you a really detailed feeding chart... I am betting that he is lacking in amino acids at that small of amount ... so you need to increase his amount or feed him something that can be feed at the amounts you want to feed
         
        12-05-2008, 02:09 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Peggysue-
    Thanks. I will switch him back to the grow n win. I really like the buckeye products. I feel a bit stupid for listening to the rep- but oh well live and learn. I am also wondering if he chunked up a bit from the gelding? Any other people experience this? Also he is only with a 18 year old mare that tends not to move around as much as she used to.....wondering if that has something to do with it. Maybe when his mom comes back he will get to running more.
         
        12-05-2008, 03:39 PM
      #18
    Started
    Could have "chunked" up from a decrease in movement but the "belly" is normally from undigested forage or worms ...
         
        12-05-2008, 04:13 PM
      #19
    Foal
    I have to have the vet out to do a follow up on his gelding and some shots so I will just have a test done on his poo so that I know for sure and can rule out worms. Then at least I will be able to know it is his diet and get going on that.
         

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