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    05-09-2012, 06:57 PM
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Perhaps so, but this foal is not going to be the next world champion. Why risk hurting him and damage his life as a baby when she can go easy and let him fill out in his own time?
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    05-09-2012, 07:15 PM
Originally Posted by Endiku    
perhaps so, but this foal is not going to be the next world champion. Why risk hurting him and damage his life as a baby when she can go easy and let him fill out in his own time?
Agreed; except OF COURSE Henny is going to be World Champion 8D just not officially.
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    05-09-2012, 07:21 PM
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Henny is always the world champion :) At two weeks he already looks amazing!
    05-09-2012, 07:33 PM
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Oh ofcourse! My mistake xD

Aghhh. I am in love with him. Send him with way if you ever get tired of him! He already has such a nice classic build and all of that chrome is killing me!
    05-09-2012, 08:24 PM
Wow this thread has gotten a little out of hand, huh? Clearly many different people have different opinions about rearing babies. Just today because I had spoken with you Piliminarily, OP, I asked several of my fellow assistant trainers/instructors and head trainers about their views on when to wean and how to rear a weaningling. They all had similar and different opinions but we all agreed on the common facts, weaninglings don't have long attention spans, they get confused and aggresive easily do to the nature that they simply don't know a thing, so they take a strong hand to train. It's best to be firm with your pony and establish ground manners from the beginning but most of us agreed that the usual time you work a youngster into a training regime is @ 6 months. Youngsters have slow-to-rapid bone development depending on their Gentics and if you over work them you risk not only injury but permanently damaging them. The same goes with nutrition, I'd rather let nature take its course and naturaly wean and feed when the colt is ready. The colts mind and body is still developing at a young age and normally though some babies can eat some solid food, it takes them awhile for their bodies to digest it properally as a sole form of nourishment. This is why nursing the baby is so important. Mothers milk has hormones in it that put enough weight on a baby to go from about 80 lb to 500lb in 6 months, to mess around with "mother natures formula" could risk stunting the colt or leading him to deformity. The same for over working them. Remember a colt is a baby horse and although they are rather resilient and can bounce back easy they are not invincible. My best advice, OP, would be to evaluate the animal you have and ur goals and remember to give him the time and "small steps" needed to train and condition that horse into a strong and healthy creature. I would still get a Piliminarily vet check when he comes to you, as this is a natural and common response to receiving a new horse, and sit down and seriously talk to the vet about the animals history and what would be the best way to give this horse you love the best start in life. Truly the professionals are the only ones qualified for these questions and despite what I or anyone on this thread or Horse Forum says, only the professionals who have seen ur horse in-person and have examined him, can give you the best advice. So I strongly urge you to do this. :)
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    05-09-2012, 08:53 PM
Green Broke
Thanks, Endiku! He's my little cutie :)

I will definitely be getting a vet check-up, as well as routine visits for shots and updates for the little guy. Like I said, I won't be running him into the ground or anything like that. I just wanted an opinion on how to feed my baby, and how other people have fed their weanlings.
    05-09-2012, 09:50 PM
Ripper has good advice for winning at lead & feed, and there is nothing wrong with that, however this is not on the agenda for Hennessy. Pasture & free choice hay, and (sorry not familiar with your US feed brands, mine are different), a high fiber, extruded, age appropriate grain supplement fed according to the distributor's directions. Work with him regularly, but don't stress him, he's young and I feel pressure on young horses causes them mental burnout and puts them at risk for ulcers & other ailments. Sure you can show him once in a while at halter or showmanship, teach him manners, but most important - let him be a horse & let him grow to maturity before making him work like an athlete. It's just commonsense if you want to take steps in ensuring you get many happy, long, useful years with him.
Again, don't bash halter horses, they are a different segment, not everyone's cup of tea, but certainly gorgeous. We can't all want the same things out of our horses, but we all can do our utmost to get the best out of what we want for them, right?
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    05-09-2012, 09:56 PM
We have weaned all our babies at 4 months and we have never had a problem. If I were you, I would consider switching feeds to something specifically for babies. Omolene 300 is for babies. I've always raised mine on Purina Equine Junior. And I have never had to supplement.
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    05-09-2012, 10:19 PM
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Wares knows what to do as always :)

Nutrena SafeChoice is a pelleted feed designed for all age groups, so is safe to feed to babies and I've heard alot of great reviews of the feed. Does that mean it'll work for Henny? No, so maybe I'll have to transition him to something else.
    05-09-2012, 10:39 PM
Its not that it wouldnt work for him. It is a decent feed. But it is basically a high quality maintenance feed. It doesnt have the extra vitamins and nutrients the babies specifically need to help them grow to their full potential. It just made to maintain. If that makes any sense.
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