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post #1 of 10 Old 02-21-2012, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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I'm getting my new colt delivered to me on Saturday, that sounds funny. After much debate he's the one! Anyways he's on Purina Ultium Growth Feed, he gets one pound twice a day. He is just under a year old, is graining him necessary? I know there's often a debate over whether or not foals need to be grained. We do not have that feed at any of our local stores, would a general mare and foal feed be alright?

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My youngster is hard fed, he's 16 months now but has been hard fed from when he was weaned. Unless your paddocks are absolutely fantastic, he'll be lacking some elements to his diet.
You just need to be careful with balancing your feeding, more so with a young horse than older horse, because they are still growing. If the diet is imbalanced, you could end up causing the horse problems as it matures.
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My youngster is hard fed, he's 16 months now but has been hard fed from when he was weaned. Unless your paddocks are absolutely fantastic, he'll be lacking some elements to his diet.
You just need to be careful with balancing your feeding, more so with a young horse than older horse, because they are still growing. If the diet is imbalanced, you could end up causing the horse problems as it matures.
Could a mod move this to horse nutrition? Completely missed the sub category. Thank you!

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I was in the process of moving it already ;)

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I was in the process of moving it already ;)
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Its late in the work day for me, brain definitely shutting down also. It has been crazy busy!

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I'm not a fan of graining youngsters if it can be avoided. I am a simple-ist when it comes to feeding my horses, even my growing ones, and I prefer all they can eat of good quality hay. If you need something with a bit more nutrition, a good alfalfa pellet can provide plenty of protein and other nutrients needed by a growing baby.

I also like to provide free choice loose mineral or, at the very least, a free choice mineral block. If your particular area is especially low in some minerals, you might need to get a mineral balanced for your specific area.

But, whatever you decide to feed, I would just avoid anything with molasses or sugars in it.

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I'm not a fan of graining youngsters if it can be avoided. I am a simple-ist when it comes to feeding my horses, even my growing ones, and I prefer all they can eat of good quality hay. If you need something with a bit more nutrition, a good alfalfa pellet can provide plenty of protein and other nutrients needed by a growing baby.

I also like to provide free choice loose mineral or, at the very least, a free choice mineral block. If your particular area is especially low in some minerals, you might need to get a mineral balanced for your specific area.

But, whatever you decide to feed, I would just avoid anything with molasses or sugars in it.
Okay that's what I was thinking we've got good quality hay and grass in the summer. So I was thinking that with a mineral block would be alright. I have never grained any foals before, they've always just had the grass and hay and been just fine. I think I will start him on it just to keep his routine then back him off to just hay and see how he does! I am going to check with the vet to and see what she recommends when he gets his shots and coggins done. Although I don't see grain being necessary.. Still cannot sleep here. One of those nights...

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Should also mention - my boy is in show prep as well, so being grained for coat condition as well as nutritional needs. Our grass is quite lacking here, even though there is plenty of it. If you have really good paddocks, as I said above, you should't need to be hard feeding too much

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I have a 16 month old gelding as well and he gets hard fed every night. He's out on pasture, but being towards the end of summer the grass is lacking nutrition. He has 24/7 access to an oaten hay roll, which gives him plenty of roughage.

I feed him to ensure he is getting enough protein as well as making sure all of his vitamin and mineral needs are met.
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