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post #1 of 7 Old 11-12-2014, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Suggestions for Feeding a Young Horse

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I have recently acquired a 2-year-old (coming 3 in 2015) Arabian colt. While this is not the first time I've had an Arabian at this age, it is the first time I've had this kind of situation. While he certainly doesn't look bad, he definitely needs some more groceries. While he isn't necessarily "thin", he looks like he could use some proper weight and nutrition.

He stands roughly 14.3hh right now, though I honestly think he might be a tad smaller than that. His parents are a good size, so I think he should shoot up a couple more inches. His owner told me that since nobody has done a whole lot with him, he's never been fed to get the growth that is usually seen with young halter horses. I'm not at all opposed to letting them grow up and be babies, that's what I did with my first youngster, Echo (who I got at 18 months and is now 5), and he's doing splendidly. I just want some recommendations for feeds that might do him some good for the first couple of months that I have him to encourage growth and good nutrition.

He'll be in a large pasture with adequate grass with 2 other geldings, and be getting fed alfalfa hay. I'm checking to see what you all think I should add (if anything) to make sure he gets all of the nutrition he needs during his critical early years.

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Are you going to push for extra growth?

If not, the alfalfa, pasture, maybe a deworming with FEC would be best.
Young horses and horses not in work typically do not need extra bagged feeds or grains. Pushing for extra growth can cause more issues.

Now for the weight, as stated, alfalfa, pasture, maybe some grass hay if he's stalled or penned up at any time should be enough. Youngsters shouldn't be heavy, but at 3 years old he shouldn't be too thin either.

Pictures if you have any would be welcome to see how thin he is, and where he's thin at.
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I don't necessarily want to push for extra growth, I just want to make sure he reaches his potential height-wise, you know? I really do like letting them grow up and be babies, growing should be his main priority right now! I just wanted to make sure that pasture/alfalfa was enough, or see if anything else would be good.

I don't have any good pictures of him, they're all awkward and you can't tell anything. I don't actually have him yet, I'm picking him up on Saturday. I'll be sure to get tons of pictures then!
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Well, so long as he's getting proper nutrition he should reach his maximum height. If you're worried about him not getting the right amounts of things, you could have a blood test done and add in what's missing/ deficient, or just provide a general vitamin & mineral supplement, or a ration balancer.

Awesome, congrats on getting him on Saturday. Ugh, I know all about awkward photo angles, LOL. I have some photos that shall never see the light of day, haha.
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Since he's got access to ample hay or good pasture, you could look into a ration balancer appropriate for young horses. You can feed it in a much smaller amount than a regular complete-type feed, but it would provide what he needs in terms of his vitamins/minerals (and protein, depending on if he needs more than is supplied by your grass hay - different balancers have different protein levels).
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Horseychick, he's definitely in an awkward phase right now! His head is a little too big for his body, haha, he'll be much more handsome when he gets that straightened out! Sometimes I look back at pictures of my 5 year old when he was 18 months and can't help but wonder what I was thinking when I got him! I'm glad he turned out well!

I think I'll definitely look into some vitamin/mineral supplements and ration balancers. I'm confident he'll grow up nice and strong, I just wanted to make sure I did all of my research to make sure he has the best possible future ahead of him! Thanks!
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Without pics, don't know whether your idea that he's a bit thin is right, or whether it's because he's 2yo & in a 'lanky phase', or whether you're not used to arabs & more familiar with chunky breeds & fat horses... Especially(not only) when growing, it's not generally healthy for horses to be overweight, and 'a little under' is often healthier than 'a little over'.

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since nobody has done a whole lot with him, he's never been fed to get the growth that is usually seen with young halter horses.
Great! Can be bad news for those that are 'fed up'.

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might do him some good for the first couple of months that I have him to encourage growth and good nutrition.
*Adequate* feed/nutrition will 'encourage growth' well enough, without pushing it, and free choice pasture with a bit of alfalfa is probably more than adequate on most fronts. I'd just be looking to provide supplements to balance nutrition. Therefore best place to start is with a pasture/hay analysis, to see what he's getting from that. And while he may benefit from a boost in the next few months, if he's been lacking, it isn't something that you're likely to even see differences from in less than a couple of months, if that. Good nutrition is something that should be a long term consideration.
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