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    11-26-2012, 06:41 PM
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    11-26-2012, 06:54 PM
Originally Posted by ParaIndy    
No, he doesn't have goopy eyes. He is on pasture and hay. He started to get a dry coat when to weather turned and he got his winter coat, so that probably has something to do with it.
I have a baby that is 7 months old, and I was advised to give her grain by a man at the head of the AQHA program I am in; I might avoid giving like straight oats or corn, but Purina Safechoice is a great grain to give that helps give foals a good start to a healthy life with the right minerals they need!

Here is an article all about foal growth and nutrition:Foal Growth: Special Care and Nutrition - AAEP

This is what he said to me:
Nutrena makes a great product called SafeChoice it has one of the best balance of crude protein, crude fat, and vitamins thatís a lot safer than high starch diets. Another good grain is made by Purina called Strategy it has almost the exact amount of nutritional facts but less dietary starch then SafeChoice. You may want to consider using a mineral block as well.

Hope that helps!
    11-27-2012, 02:45 AM
Strategy and SafeChoice are both what I'd consider high NSC (30+ %). In looking at Triple Crown's website, they have a product called Triple Crown Growth that's only 14% NSC, designed for weanlings and yearlings. That might be something worth looking into, but I'm not sure about the feeding directions (6-8 lbs/day, adjusted up or down as needed to maintain condition) That seems like a lot of feed for an adult horse, much less a baby. Not sure if that's typical of weanling/yearling feeds?
    11-27-2012, 05:58 PM
He currently has access to a salt/mineral block with added selenium because this area is very deficient in it. I was looking at Farnams Grow Colt, and it looks like it would work really well for what I want, but I would prefer something cheaper. Does anyone know of something that is pretty much the same, just less expensive?
    11-29-2012, 08:47 PM
Are you sure it's dandruff? Horses have waxy dander that will appear like dandruff but it protects the skin from wet weather. Rub a fingertip on his skin on his back and see if it doesn't feel a bit waxy. Some breeds have much more than others. The Shetland and Fjord are generously protected whereas the desert breeds have little. Before you started adding selenium was blood work done? Too much and it's toxic.
    11-29-2012, 09:12 PM
I will try that next time I go out to his pasture. No, blood work was not done, but like I said, this area is known for being VERY deficient in selenium, so I feed all of my horses mineral blocks with selenium in it.

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