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        02-02-2014, 08:15 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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    Your local vet will give you the very best advice on this!! :)
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        02-02-2014, 08:17 PM
    My vet does farm calls its just extremely expensive( her prices have gone up a lot!). That's why I was wanting to wait but I will give them a call tomorrow. Will they see them even if I can't catch him? I really don't wanna stress him out a whole lot right now. Was going to give him time to settle down and get to use to every thing.
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        02-02-2014, 09:19 PM
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    I would do this : Make the call tomorrow. If she makes an appt. For Thurs, let's say, then spend as much spare time as you can with your horse in 15 min. Increments. Get your horse to trust you through quiet patience. Take the halter/lead out with you but do not put it on. Stroke his neck, speak quietly, stand next to him and look around a minute, then put it up to his nose to sniff. Put halter down to your side, stroke him and say, "Good Boy". Gently rub halter on his neck, let sniff, say "good boy!" and simply walk away. Nothing more until next day. Repeat twice the next day, and then slip it on casually, stand a minute, and say, "C'mon Boy" as you walk a few steps. I'm not a trainer, but I do know that super casual/calm/nonchalant has gone a looong way in introducing anything new to my horses! :)
    ** Also, don't hesitate to call/ask around to other horse people for other less expensive vets if there are any... regardless, try to get as much info out of the vet visit as you can-have a list of questions ready for her.
        02-02-2014, 09:32 PM
    He is already letting me get close so long as my other horse is there with him. He seems to be calmer so long as he is there with us. I have rescued other horses in worse shape just never this young. I'm going to call tomorrow to talk to my vet. She knows I rescue just wanna make sure he gets the nutrition he needs as I know that is often different from a older horse. I have very little Experiance with younger horses. All my horses have been two or older so this is a new Experiance that I am looking forward to:))!
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        02-03-2014, 09:59 PM
    So turns out he is thinner then I thought. That winter coat of his made him look fatter then he is:/. I called my vet and she said to ease him slowly onto a good quality foal feed. Said do what I did with my other rescues that I brought back and to deworm. I found a nutrient mare foal feed she said that would work that I will adjust as needed.
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        02-16-2014, 10:34 AM
    So he will not eat the hay! At first I thought it was because I had it in a slow feed net so I took it out. He lipped at it but did not eat it. I have no idea why he won't. My other horse eats it fine so I know it's tasty as he is picky. Does anyone know why he wouldn't eat the hay? Could he just not know what it is or something?
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        02-24-2014, 03:22 AM
    [QUOTE=Samson5261;4673466]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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    Did your colt have any grain offered to him, while in the previous owner's care? If so, you can find any mare and foal feed that is well balanced and good quality.

    If you aren't sure, or if you know that he's never had any grain/feed before, start him easy on some oats for a few weeks, then slowly start adding some mare and foal feed to his oats. You would want to slowly phase out the oats. If he won't eat the oats, you can add a bit of brown sugar to the oats, in order to peak his interest.

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