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post #1 of 5 Old 08-09-2013, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Grain Choice for my weanling Arabian

I have purchased a purebred Arabian colt that is in the process of being weaned right now and will be coming to live with me in early October. He will be five months old when he gets to Florida and I am trying to figure out the best grain choice for him. My local feed store is a Purina supplier so my main options are Equine Junior, Ultium Growth or Omolene 300. What are your experiences (pro's and con's) for feeding a complete feed like Equine Junior versus a more across the board grain that would have to be heavily supplemented with hay/pasture? Even with a complete feed I would still give a small amount of hay daily and he will have access to the pasture for a few hours each day when the weather permits. Thanks!!
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-09-2013, 03:57 PM
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IMO, it would be best for him to be on just grass or hay. Adding feed can cause problems. I would only add feed if he was malnourished. Just be careful. When they are foals, they may look malnourished because they don't have the muscle built up yet. They are using nutrients instead for growing their bones.

We started feeding beet pulp to our colt last winter because he looked very ribby with a hay belly. Not long after, we decided to take him to the vet because he was walking on his toes in the back and his legs were shaky. The vet told us to take him off the beet pulp. He was the appropriate weight and growth for his age. The beet pulp was actually giving him to much nutrients and caused his bones to grow faster than his tendons. We had to stretch his legs several times a day to help him.

Also, their digestive system isn't fully developed. Adding grain or feed can cause issues with that too.
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If I need to feed grain, as I did with my mare that needed a little something extra, I love omelene 300. That being said, unless your horse is lacking vitamins and/or minerals, or your hay is really lacking, you shouldn't need to feed grain. I fed my mare grain until she was back to where she needed to be, then weaned her off. The entire time I had her, she had access to grass hay 24/7 and then got an additional 1-2 flakes of alfalfa 2x a day depending on how big the flakes were, and she did great.
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My honest opinion....wayyyyy too young for weaning. But that's another story
I would ask the breeder what they are currently feeding.
Weanling, yearling, adult, senior, they need, first and foremost, ROUGHAGE. Hay, grass. Without enough if that, you'll set yourself up for a lot of trouble later.
Depending on the hay and/ or grass available, I would choose a vitamin/ mineral supplement for weanlings, if not feeding alfalfa, some other form of protein and calcium.
Grain or sweetfeed only if absolutely needed, and certainly not as the main feed.
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-11-2013, 05:04 PM
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Ditto others. Free choice hay/pasture & an *appropriate* nutritional supp, but don't load him up on calories or nutrients unnecessarily. This can be detrimental (especially) to a young, growing body. I'd also steer clear of Purina personally & buy quality feed where necessary, as you tend to get what you pay for. is good for working out if/what nutritional supps your horse may need.

As an aside, will your baby be kept in a paddock? With other horses? Lots of movement and 'herd life' if even with only one other horse is so important, for their health as well as wellbeing.... & social education of babies.
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