What nutrition ratios does a 6-month-old colt need?

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What nutrition ratios does a 6-month-old colt need?

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    12-25-2011, 11:30 PM
What nutrition ratios does a 6-month-old colt need?

My mom and I haven't had a "baby" since my horse (who is now 13 years old) so we're a little rusty on the details that our two new colts need. I'm looking things up as we go, but I thought it might be nice to get others' opinions on what nutrition they need.

My dad picked up some horse feed for them at the local feed store. Here's the nutrients from the label:

12% crude protein
2.5% crude fat
15% crude fiber
0.7 to 1.2% calcium
0.35% phosphorus
10 ppm to 25 ppm copper
0.3 ppm selenium
60 ppm zinc
1500 IU/lb vitamin A

And this one reccommends 0.5 pounds of feed per 100 pounds of horse weight to be fed per day. So we're trying to do that.

And I guess quite honestly, I've never looked into nutrition numbers like this for any of our horses, but we want to make sure we're starting these little guys out right. I'll be doing research of my own of course, and making some vet calls too, but the more information the better.

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    12-25-2011, 11:41 PM
Oh and I guess I should add that they have 24/7 access to a good-quality round bale, as well as pasture turnout every day. The grain is just a supplement.
    01-08-2012, 12:49 AM
    01-08-2012, 12:56 AM
Sounds ok, but I liked to use a 15% protein extruded feed. You might try that next time.

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