On the advice of my vet, a farrier who specializes in lameness issues checked out my three month old AQHA colt today. Tuff is a rejected foal who has been raised on milk replacer and a combination of milk pellets and Omelene 300. This farrier regularly takes care of horses costing $200,000 and more. He said my colt's legs and feet look fine, but that he is on way too much protein, and suggested cutting it back to 10-12%. He said he knows it goes against conventional feeding wisdom, but that he has seen way too many youngsters with problems due to their high protein diets. On the other hand, Tuff's vet from his stay at UGA veterinary hospital has suggested more than once to put him on Purina Equine Jr.
The current daily feeding program is 7-8 quarts of milk replacer at 24% protein, 2.5 lbs. Of Foal Lac pellets at 19.5% and 1 lb of Omelene 300 at 16% protein.
So what to feed him? The Equine Jr is 14.5% protein, which is lower than anything he is on now.
Anyone had lameness issues with foals on high protein diets?