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    09-17-2013, 05:01 AM
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Foal
What grain to feed a growing colt?

Hey guys. I have a 1.5 yr old draft cross colt that is currently just on free range pasture, but he's a bit thinner than I like. I was wondering what grain you'd recommend for a growing horse, and how much? I don't want to overload his system, but I would like for him to gain a little bit more weight. Suggestions?

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    09-17-2013, 05:21 AM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by catabear    
Hey guys. I have a 1.5 yr old draft cross colt that is currently just on free range pasture, but he's a bit thinner than I like. I was wondering what grain you'd recommend for a growing horse, and how much? I don't want to overload his system, but I would like for him to gain a little bit more weight. Suggestions?

Thank you :)
For youngsters, you want to feed as little as possible to keep weight, so they don't get a growth spur.
Linseed oil, or soya oil, Alfalfa, beetpulp, rice bran, and other slow release energy sources. Preferably nothing with a lot of NSCs.. It is worth looking at stud or foal mixes (apparently some breeders will feed the stud mix to all growing foals) But maybe its just better to feed him extra higher calorie hay?
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    09-18-2013, 03:05 AM
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Trained
Agree with the above. Remember also that youngsters can go through 'gangly' stages & that doesn't mean they're underweight - they shouldn't look like a well fed mature horse. Good nutrition would be my concern with pasture only diet though & an appropriate 'ration balancer' or such wouldn't go astray.
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    09-18-2013, 03:32 AM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by loosie    
Agree with the above. Remember also that youngsters can go through 'gangly' stages & that doesn't mean they're underweight - they shouldn't look like a well fed mature horse. Good nutrition would be my concern with pasture only diet though & an appropriate 'ration balancer' or such wouldn't go astray.
Basically, on pasture and ration balancer the youngster shouldn't look extremely bony, however, they will show ribs, and will seem off everywhere, but that also depends on how fast they will grow etc.

My 3 yr old is still called very young, as his breed matures closer to 7-8 yrs. So at the moment he is fed just for strength.. he only gets about 3 lbs on top of his free range hay and grass..
     
    09-18-2013, 04:47 AM
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Trained
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Originally Posted by Cherrij    
My 3 yr old is still called very young, as his breed matures closer to 7-8 yrs.
While it is recognised that some breeds don't mature till around then, it's not always known that no horse is mature until around 6-7 anyway.
     
    09-18-2013, 07:10 AM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by loosie    
While it is recognised that some breeds don't mature till around then, it's not always known that no horse is mature until around 6-7 anyway.
Yes, many don't know that horses will not be fully mature until around 6-7, however many breeds look like they will for the rest of their lives around 5, gained bulk of muscle and some fat.. some horses never cover ribs Some get huge bellies around 2 already
     
    09-20-2013, 06:16 PM
  #7
Weanling
I feed my 14 month old colt soaked alfalfa pellets (1 pound dry), Mega Cell vit/min supplement, with some oats and flax seed added. He looks great! He is not thin, but his ribs are easy to feel and he is not in danger of becoming fat. He is on pasture and grass hay.
     
    09-27-2013, 03:23 PM
  #8
Foal
I feed my 6 mo free choice hay and about a 1/2 scoop of omalene 300 twice a day...he looks great.
     
    09-27-2013, 05:14 PM
  #9
Green Broke
We feed our 5 month old colt the same feed as our mares. He gets 1 1/2 cups 2x a day of a 10-12% protein performance mix from our local mill, pasture, and free choice hay. He's 12.2+ hh and around 440 lbs. He's getting big like mom/grandma, but not unexpected, coming out of stocky, halter body, Impressive line.
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