Foal Feeding Question
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health > Horse Nutrition

Foal Feeding Question

This is a discussion on Foal Feeding Question within the Horse Nutrition forums, part of the Horse Health category
  • Giving a foal sweet feed
  • Feeding a foal

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    06-27-2011, 11:20 AM
  #1
Foal
Foal Feeding Question

I have an eight week old foal that was orphaned. I have been feeding him Foal Lac and giving him just a small handfull of sweet feed. The last few days he has not wanted to drink his milk, he just wants the sweet feed. I have no idea how much sweet feed to give him or at what age he can do without milk and just eat feed. I also keep fresh hay out for him and he eats a little of that every day. I do not want him to founder. He is not out in a pasture, he is in a pen. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    06-27-2011, 12:46 PM
  #2
mls
Trained
Foal Lac also makes a pellet.

Are you providing hay and water?
     
    06-27-2011, 12:53 PM
  #3
Foal
We keep hay out for him and he gets fresh water every day.
     
    06-27-2011, 12:59 PM
  #4
Started
At 8 weeks, he no longer needs the milk and should be switched over to hay and grain. Instead of the milk, you can add a milk replacement pellet (Start to Finish) at 1# per day. One bag will more than enough. Start him off with 1/2# grain that's formulated for foals 2-3 times a day. Give him an hour to clean it up. If he can clean it up, increase it. He should be able to eat #2 a day plus all the hay he wants (only 2-3# typically). The hay needs to be tender and immature. Easier for him to chew and digest. Get him out of the pen! He needs another horse to teach him some manners and socialize with. He needs to run and play to build strong bones. Identify one of your horses that will put up with a foal, is level headed, has boundaries but won't hurt him. Pen them up next to each other for a few days, than with a halter and leadrope on the older horse, have them check each other out. If nothing exciting happens, let them out together. Foals will spend alot of their time out sleeping. If the other horse doesn't let him, than you need to limit his out time initially so he gets his naps in.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Question on feeding more then one lilmamabergie Horse Nutrition 20 04-05-2011 11:42 AM
Feeding Draft Foal in winter tmyfrnk Horse Health 0 11-23-2010 12:19 PM
Feeding Question Equus_girl Horse Health 4 07-13-2010 11:32 PM
Feeding a foal Haylage bubblegum Horse Health 16 10-15-2009 05:47 PM
mini feeding question boonesar Horse Breeds 9 07-14-2008 02:12 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:53 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0