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post #1 of 4 Old 11-24-2015, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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4 month old colt

ok last week i brought in a foal strait out of a field for the first 2 days he virtually eat no hay and did not know how to eat his oat mix (gaula mare n foal mix )
when he went for the water bucket he plunged his head in up to his eyes it went now he has learned ,,
can some one give me a list of food stuff i should be giving on a daily basis ?
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-24-2015, 11:37 AM
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We feed weanlings just like adults, only less. In our case, pasture, grass hay, and a 14% protein all around pellet.
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-25-2015, 10:42 AM
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Depends on where in the world you are (so what products are available) and what type of hay/grass makes up the bulk of his diet. If you can provide a few more details, there will be a lot of suggestions from other posters, I'm sure :)
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post #4 of 4 Old 11-26-2015, 02:35 AM
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I just don't get why you'd wait until AFTER you have the foal to ask these questions... The other thread I replied to, I thought you were planning to get the foal in a few weeks - at least some time to do homework into the very basics.

Agree basically with PaintHorse. Basically hay/grass & whatever required to make up a balanced diet nutritionally for him. I wouldn't be feeding him cereal grain or other rich, starchy stuff as a rule, but if you must, ensure you start with tiny amounts, fed little & often, over at least a few meals daily, and build up to whatever appropriate maintenance amount, over 2 weeks or so.

And as mentioned in other thread, foals - & 2yo's are still growing, skelletally immature & easily damaged, so tying up solid is one of those things I wouldn't do with a youngster. Even at 2yo, I'd want to make sure the horse has been very well taught to yield to halter pressure & stand 'tied' without tying firm before I'd tie him solid, and then I wouldn't start with hours at a time either! So agree with others that I wouldn't listen to those who told you to do that!
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