Originally Posted by blue eyed pony
We figured out the trick to get her to eat. All good now :)
We don't feed grain in Aussie land - we feed chaff (you might call it chop? It's basically chopped-up hay) balanced with some pelleted feeds, sometimes grains, and suppliments. Satin has chaff and a pelleted feed designed for growing horses, plus a general vitamin/mineral suppliment.
We've had to cut down a bit on the amounts that we're feeding her because she's gotten fat since she arrived (darn good doer part-Arabs!) and I would rather she be between 'slightly ribby' and 'ideal' than between 'ideal' and 'fat' - 'fat' is where she is right now!
She is growing SO fast, I swear in the half-week she's been here she's grown at least an inch at the top of her rump. She's definitely more bum-high than she was when she got here. Having never had a foal before, I'm worried that my reading is right and that any amount of incorrect nutrition, at any age while bubs is growing, is detrimental to the foal's later health and soundness. It's real important to me that she grows up sound and healthy, and STAYS that way as long as possible.
Doesn't really matter either way though, because she IS eating.
In the way's of malnutrition, you dangers are really only going to be present if say, she was starved and/or severely emaciated when you got her. Commercial feeds are designed to be complete for whatever horse you are buying them for...like the pelleted feeds/grains. And tbh, if she's getting to be a chubster, I would cut out the pelleted feeds and grain altogether, and just stick with the vit/min supplement (assuming its designed for your region) and the chaff. Horses are grazing animals after all, they don't need to eat any hard feed to grow up well!
But I understand being a paranoid horse mommy, haha.