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post #1 of 10 Old 05-11-2012, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Foal taking to much from mare?

My colt is only 3 and a half weeks old no matter what I do or feed my mare she is still drastically underweight. She eats all of her food and when she is done with that she acts like she wants more which I give her. She has been dewormed she never was a small horse and she seemed to be doing fine in the first week but then it went downhill very fast. Any advice would be nice to have This is him at 4 days old
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-11-2012, 01:21 AM
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What type and how much food is she getting?
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-11-2012, 01:35 AM
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Give her all the quality hay she can eat. Sorry, not familiar with popular brands of grains as we have custom mixed here, but I am sure if you asked your feedstore for a high fiber, extruded broodmare complete feed, they would give several suggestions. A mineral salt block in her pasture would be a good thing as well and plenty of fresh water.
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I don't know what you're feeding but foals rarely take too much from the mares if the mares are fed sufficiently to be able to lactate properly. At 4 weeks he's also eating some of the mare's feed and that needs to be taken into consideration and creep feeding considered.

I feed my lactating mares Purina Omolene 300 (don't know if you can get that where you are but look for something similar). Each mare gets 2, 4 quart scoops morning and night as well as unlimited grazing or grass hay if they can't graze for some reason. If fed in a stall, then I have a small bucket for the foal as well as the mare, but if out on pasture then they share the big bucket. I'll increase my 300 as needed for the growth of the foals until they're about 4-6 months when they get weaned off the mare entirely.

Once the foals are off their dams, they get 2 quarts (more or less as needed for growth and weight) of the 300 morning and night plus free choice hay or grazing til 6 months when I switch them over to Purina Equine Junior feed, which they'll eat til they're 2 years old, per feeding instructions.

I have older mares and middle aged and a couple quite young mares and none of them have lost any weight nursing their foals, who are now almost 3 months old.
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post #5 of 10 Old 05-11-2012, 02:41 PM
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Along with the above advise.

Add Calf Mamma to her feed.

Two cups or, so.

I like to creep fed the foals, this helps the mom too.
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Thank you I'll see if I can find a better feed for her. Plus ill buy her another mineral salt block she just finished it off. And she always has hay in with her.
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post #7 of 10 Old 05-11-2012, 11:33 PM
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How good is your hay? All the mineral blocks and feed in the world will have a tough time making up for hay that is middling to poor quality for a lactating mare. A horse can only eat so much food per day, and if she's already being allowed to eat as much as she wants but it is not sufficient, you need to increase the quality of what it is that she's eating.
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How much & what exactly is she getting? She needs pretty much free choice forage, be it good quality hay or pasture that is the first place to start
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She is getting the best quality hay that there is around where we live. The hay season wasn't so good this past year unfortunately so even if I tried I couldn't find anything that is much better than what she has now.
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She is getting the best quality hay that there is around where we live. The hay season wasn't so good this past year unfortunately so even if I tried I couldn't find anything that is much better than what she has now.
Here in OK last year we had the drought from HADES and crap hay cost $200 per large round bale and small squares were between $13 & $26 for a 50 lb bale, depending on what you could get.

I did not count on the hay to feed the horses, I treated it like nothing more than useless filler. I switched over to a complete feed, Purina Omolene 400 for a while until I couldn't get that anymore then switched to Purina Senior which I'm still feeding until hay comes in, in June. Each mare foal combo gets approx 8 lbs of Senior per feeding plus 1 oz stock salt & 1 oz of vitamin/minerals.

The trick to feeding well is to take into account the quality of what you have and make up for the lack in other areas by feeding another quality feed. It's expensive, no kidding about that! I'm spending over $1000/month to feed 7 adults and 3 foals and that is not including anything but feed, no other supplies thrown in the figure. BUT, everyone will come out of the drought healthy and in good flesh, and those who do dapple are all dappled out in their coats.

If/When the hay goes back down some from the prices from last year, and is up in quality then I can go back to feeding mostly hay and just a little bit of Omolene 200 to each horse, 300 to the lactating mares & foals. My feed bill will go down to around $40-50/month per horse and that I can live with a whole lot better, but sucking up the feed bill in the meantime and keeping them healthy is still a lot cheaper than a vet bill for a sick and undernourished horse would be.
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