Feeding orphan foal - a question
Hello, I am a horse owner of 21 years. I've raised many foals but only one other orphan foal, which drank milk until slowly weaned to feed at 6 months.
Here is the background. 2 months ago I received an orphan foal. She was only a month old at the time and had been orphaned for 2 weeks before I received her. They hadn't given her any milk or supplements. They had just put her out with other adult horse and feed her the same as them.
She was severely underweight. She was all skin and bones; only weight 157 lbs. She was so weak that they brought her here in the back of blazer.
So Once I got her she wouldn't drink milk. She would eat Feed (pelleted with a thick milk mixture over it to soften it); as well as soft hay. At a 2 months, I introduced alfalfa pellets - Eating a total of 6 lbs of pelleted feed, alfalfa hay, and 1 lbs of alfalfa pellets.
Here is my question. Should I lower her grain intake now that she has picked up all of her weight? Like I said earlier this is only my second orphaned foal. I would really like some advice here.
Last edited by Tetaybabie; 11-04-2012 at 06:22 PM.
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