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    02-02-2014, 06:24 PM
Feeding young horse?

I just bought a 8 month old colt that has just been weaned a month ago. He has never been given feed. He is not halter trained or even use to people. I want him to reach his full potential so was wondering what would be best to feed him? I give my three year old 3 quarts of complete feed everyday. They are kept in a pasture 24/7 with 24 hour access to Bermuda hay in slow feed hay nets. I have a salt and mineral block out for them also. Is this enough for him or should I slowly put him on a feed? Thank you for any tips:)
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    02-02-2014, 08:08 PM
He is also slightly under weight not a while lot but does need to put some on. Any help on how to put weight on him would also help:)
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    02-02-2014, 08:37 PM
You could feed him but if he has good grass or good quality hay with unlimited access I would wait and see if he gains weight first on just the grass or hay. Worm him good and just wait.But if he starts to look like he is loosing weight then I would start to feed him grain.He might just turn out to be a easy keeper. So just worm him good and
Keep an eye on him.
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    02-02-2014, 08:50 PM
I'd leave him on hay for a couple weeks before introducing grain. Weaning and moving to a new place is hard on babies and if he didn't get it before it will be hard on his system and he may develope stomach ulcers. Give him time to settle in and see how he does on just the hay for a bit and then slowly introduce the complete feed
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    02-02-2014, 08:50 PM
The hay is good quality but the grass is not. I will just give him awhile and see how it goes. If he doesn't gain any what would be best to feed him?
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    02-02-2014, 08:57 PM
I don't really know what kind of feed to feed a young horse.(I never feed grain to the baby's.) But beat pulp is really good for weight gain and digestion. As for grain to mix with the beat pulp I will let someone else answer that.:)
    02-02-2014, 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Samson5261    
The hay is good quality but the grass is not. I will just give him awhile and see how it goes. If he doesn't gain any what would be best to feed him?
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Follow the good instincts you seem to already have- continue with quality hay, fresh water always available, and a mineral salt lick. Stay away from commercial feeds of any kind until you've consulted a good Vet on the matter, a.s.a.p! So you can stay on top of a healthy feed plan for him! Best of luck :)
    02-02-2014, 09:07 PM
I have to get him to trust me first and halter trained before I can get him to the vet. The people who had him before did nothing with him but he is very curious so hopefully won't take me long!! Feed is just my usual way to show them that they can like and trust me but I know other ways to:).
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    02-02-2014, 09:09 PM
Also is there a way to deworm him if I can't get ahold of him? I would rather not wait until I get him halter trained. Thanks:)
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    02-02-2014, 09:13 PM
Green Broke
Almost every single equine vet is willing to come directly to your home to care for your horse - you'll want to make some calls, locate a vet (if you live in a rural area like me, you'll be amazed at how far they'll travel) and have one out for a complete check-up and consult you on everything you need to know! Please don't delay in this, and let us know how it goes!! :)

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