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    12-09-2013, 04:59 PM
  #11
Yearling
One thing you do need to be careful about is over feeding a young horse. You only need to look ta the Tb industry here in NZ to see a huge example of this. ALL of the yearlings up for sale here have to undergo a series of xrays to test for DODs and out of these around 90% are found to have some form of bone lesion due to the excessive feeding that goes on to make them mature early. It is unbelievable.
     
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    12-09-2013, 05:51 PM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Merlot    
One thing you do need to be careful about is over feeding a young horse. You only need to look ta the Tb industry here in NZ to see a huge example of this. ALL of the yearlings up for sale here have to undergo a series of xrays to test for DODs and out of these around 90% are found to have some form of bone lesion due to the excessive feeding that goes on to make them mature early. It is unbelievable.
I completely agree. The desire to make babies grow fast is detrimental to their health. I think that's why it's also important to watch their weight and pay close attention to NSC levels in grains. Any more people feeding weanlings or yearlings?
     
    12-09-2013, 11:10 PM
  #13
Yearling
Ropinbiker - should have clarified - my weanling/yearlings ARE on Ultium Growth.
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    12-10-2013, 07:20 AM
  #14
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Ace80908    
Ropinbiker - should have clarified - my weanling/yearlings ARE on Ultium Growth.
Ropinbiker--I appologize, I addressed the feeding of the Ultium assuming that Ace80908 was feeding the Ultium Growth. I do agree that 6lbs of the regular Ultium would be too much for a growing horse, because they are very different. Ace would probably have one obese baby! Lol

Do any of you have experience feeding Triple Crown?
     
    12-11-2013, 09:39 AM
  #15
Foal
Ladies,

I apologize as well, I just "assumed"...I know...that when you said Ultium you meant the "regular" and not the growth. My bad.

And, we don't have a Triple Crown dealer around here, so I haven't tried their feeds, although many folks really like them.
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    12-11-2013, 10:04 AM
  #16
Weanling
Your horse is not considered a weanling at 12 months of age. Weanlings are 4 to 6 months.....maybe 8 months. At 12 months your horse is considered a yearling and as such his needs are quite different.

A weanling requires 14.5% protein where as a yearling only requires 12.5%

A weanling requires 2.5 - 3.5% of his body weight in feed; a yearling requires only 2.0 - 3.0

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    12-11-2013, 10:30 AM
  #17
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Super Nova    
Your horse is not considered a weanling at 12 months of age. Weanlings are 4 to 6 months.....maybe 8 months. At 12 months your horse is considered a yearling and as such his needs are quite different.

A weanling requires 14.5% protein where as a yearling only requires 12.5%

A weanling requires 2.5 - 3.5% of his body weight in feed; a yearling requires only 2.0 - 3.0

Super Nova
Super Nova--not sure who you are referring to.

The "grain" I am currently looking at is Triple Crown Growth & Triple Crown Senior, which just happen to be almost identical. I talked with a rep about the two and their differences and mainly the Senior has a little less vit/min but still enough for the requirements of a weanling. I have talked with a few people who feed the Senior to all of their horses because its such a good feed for any age, and I like that it is beet pulp & rice bran based. Plus it only has 11% NSC compared to many other grains I looked at with 16+%
     
    12-11-2013, 10:43 AM
  #18
Started
I feed free choice, decent quality feed, 1lb alfalfa pellets, 1 lb oats, 1/4 cup flax and 1 lb soaked beet pulp. Never had a weanling grow too fast, or have any type of growth problem. My girl right now(eating the feed specified above) is qh, weaned at about 5 months. She is holding her weight well, up here our winters are very harsh, so I find the babies need a little extra.

That said, I would rather they be too thin than too fat, so if I see a weanling of mine gaining too much I will reduce the amount of concentrate they are being fed.
     
    12-11-2013, 10:50 AM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by EnduranceLover6    
Super Nova--not sure who you are referring to.

The "grain" I am currently looking at is Triple Crown Growth & Triple Crown Senior, which just happen to be almost identical. I talked with a rep about the two and their differences and mainly the Senior has a little less vit/min but still enough for the requirements of a weanling. I have talked with a few people who feed the Senior to all of their horses because its such a good feed for any age, and I like that it is beet pulp & rice bran based. Plus it only has 11% NSC compared to many other grains I looked at with 16+%
Whoops sorry........I guess I strolled to quickly.....I was looking at Merlot pic of her yearling!!!
     
    12-11-2013, 11:00 AM
  #20
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Super Nova    
Whoops sorry........I guess I strolled to quickly.....I was looking at Merlot pic of her yearling!!!
Haha no worries...was just confused because my little midget is definitely not a yearling. Although I am extremely jealous of all these fine looking yearlings! I guess I haven't posted a picture yet, but now you can see for yourself...of course she's only 2 months (as of today!!!) but time is flying, hence the feed planning once she's off Mum
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