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post #1 of 13 Old 09-12-2011, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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Weanling colt care?

Hello, I have been reading quite a lot and gotten help from experieced people I know...but I'd like to hear some of your opinions :) I have a red dunn colt named LaKota, He was weaned at three and a half months due to his mother being super thin because of him...dispite all the extra grain and being wormed. Well he was eating great..still is, but I have noticed he's getting kind of ribby. I think i should give him more feed im sure, he gets about one quart of crimmped oats a day and two flakes of 18%costal
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-12-2011, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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(sorry its broke up my phone wouldnt post alot?) I have just noticed the weight loss about a month ago..thought it was the heat. I was also wondering about gelding...i dont want to breed. but i do want him to bulk up and i have head waiting does and doesnt make any difference...soo opinions? and i was curious if he was a well behave stud, why cut him? thanks!
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Sorry I didn't notice you said he was de- wormed I would have him vet checked if you haven't, maybe lacking something in his diet.

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He may well just be going through a growth spurt, which means more of his nutrition intake will be going into his upwards growth, rather than weight.
I would speak to a vet to check that he is getting the appropriate nutrition and possibly increase his feed slightly. You want some ribs on a youngster, definately not fat, as any excess weight will inhibit their growth and cause bone and joint problems as they mature.

As for gelding him, unless for health reasons stated by a vet, there is no reason to wait. My rising yearling is getting cut this week, I have no use for a colt, if you're not going to breed why bother keeping him entire? It's not fair on him or you.
With the correct diet and exercise, he will bulk up as normal.

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Okay thank you...and i plan to deworm him soon. and yea i do want to keep him at a decent weight..he was where you can feel ribs and see them when he runs or plays which is where i wanted to keep him. i appreciate the advice(: sorry if my thoughts seem scattered, im cooking lol
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Babies should get all the hay they can eat. They are growing. Also he should be eating a foal/youth feed with 16% feed until at least 2 years. I feed it longer. I worked at a few store and that was the feed reps recommendation. Dynasty JR is great, any foal feed better than oats :)
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Yeah..I did have him on 14 percent sweet feed..i dont have a whole lot of coice around here ha
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I would not be using sweet feed on a weanling. It's not great for weight gain at all. In fact, it is more like handing a little kid a couple of red bulls and a handful of candy. It provides lots of sugars, but it doesn't provide enough fat.
I use a pelleted feed for my weanlings. I also deworm on a tight schedule.
I would do some research and see what there are for pelleted feed options in your area. There are bound to be some.
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Is there anything specific you'd recomend thats fairly inexpensive
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I live in Canada, so not sure what all your options might be. I use Front Runner, Phase 1. I know that it is available in some areas of the US as well.
Be careful using cheaper feeds. You often need to feed more to get the same results. With feed, it often is really a case of getting what you pay for. You don't need the most expensive feeds out there, but better to go with something made from quality ingredients.
What is your deworming schedule like with your colt? With my weanlings, I deworm once a month till December. We're in hard freeze by then. I then increase how long between worming.
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