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post #1 of 12 Old 01-22-2011, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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Yearling questions

I have never owned a young horse and don't know anything about their specific care/requirements.

I am helping a friend with the care of hers. She is buying food (Safechoice) and we are using my hay (free choice round bale 30% alfalfa and 70% grass). I have a block of salt and a block of minerals.

Is that about it? At a year, are they basically the same as an older horse?
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-22-2011, 03:11 PM
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Well, everyone does it different, but IMO yearlings need hay to grow, vitamins to shine and a worming schedule to keep the belly off of them. I like a daily wormer if you plan on showing them, but if not, I like to worm yearlings every three months, or as your vet would recommend for your area. Best of luck!
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I have never owned a young horse and don't know anything about their specific care/requirements.

I am helping a friend with the care of hers. She is buying food (Safechoice) and we are using my hay (free choice round bale 30% alfalfa and 70% grass). I have a block of salt and a block of minerals.

Is that about it? At a year, are they basically the same as an older horse?
Def not the sameas an older horse. They are growing and have a larger nutriion need as well as amino acid needs.

That's good that your hay is not mostly alfalfa. An all alfalfa hey diet is not good for a young, growing horse. Mineral balances, particularly calcium and phosphorous are too off which can easily cause growth problems. That doesn't mean NO alfalfa, as some alfalfa is very nice to add calcium to what is typically lower calcium grass hay.

Safe choice wouldnt be *MY* choice of hard feed either. There are better feed options out there that are lower NSC and have totalbalanced nutrition.

A daily dewormer is not a good idea. We de-worm our horses waaay too much these days. IMO, all a daily dewormer does is up the resistance to dewormers. Get a fecals done to see when and what you horse has for parasites and d-worm accordingly.

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I remember the discussions about Safechoice in the Diet threads. Better than some, not as good as a lot. Lol I have been switching to Topline 12 but she wants to feed him something more. If you had to recommend something from Kent or Purina, what would it be? Those are what we have here. Maybe I can talk her into switching. Lol
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I remember the discussions about Safechoice in the Diet threads. Better than some, not as good as a lot. Lol I have been switching to Topline 12 but she wants to feed him something more. If you had to recommend something from Kent or Purina, what would it be? Those are what we have here. Maybe I can talk her into switching. Lol
Purinas RB is ok... Enrich 32.

Is the Topline 12 Kents RB?

There is no need to add *MORE* to a RB/hay diet unless you need moe calories....ie.... if the horse isnt maintaining weight. If the RB & hay is not enough calorie wise, first up the hay (free choice QUALITY hay is preferred). If you still need extra calories, go with beet pulp, rice bran, etc.

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Yes Topline is Kents RB.

So yearlings are the same as older horses in that the RB is fine unless they need more calories?
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Good quality hay, and enough of it, will do more for a growing yearling than most supplements IMO. I have seen (I watched a video from the state vet college) more damage done to young horses by not being wormed enough than being wormed too much, but everything in moderation and it depends on the worming program the mare was on and if the foal was raised in a corral or pasture. So to know for sure, a fecal sample is the best test.
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Yes Topline is Kents RB.

So yearlings are the same as older horses in that the RB is fine unless they need more calories?
Yes and no. The RB is enough IF you feed it correctly. The amount needing to be fed will increase for a young, growing horse. =) Follow the feeding directions. They are there for a reason.

Example:

On my Buckeye RB the recommended amout for a mature 800-1100lb horse is 1.25-2.75lbs (this is all based on the workload of the horse)

For a 12 month old, 700lb baby the recommended amout is 2.5-3.5lbs

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Purina's Equine Junior is pretty good for babies

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Most babies need protein for growth but too much will hurt their joints. Need to be careful. Good quality hay is the most important thing for growing babies! My filly is growing like a weed on just hay.

I did start her out on a bit of grain but found she didn't need the extra fill. She's doing just fine on pasture and good hay.
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