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post #1 of 31 Old 07-30-2016, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Care Advice for 5-month-old Orphaned Foal

Hello,

I am getting a 5-month-old weanling in about a week, but I have never raised a foal before!

I honestly don't know much about him yet. His mother was a TWH, but his sire is a complete mystery; story is that the mother was bought from a kill pen (presumably where she was impregnated -unknowingly), cared for and sold again, gave birth, and then recently died of colic. The foal's current owner is basically giving this guy away. I still have no idea what condition the foal is in (I'm getting him through a third party, so info is limited as of yet), but I am wondering if there is anything that I need to have prepared/on hand for a 5-month colt before he gets here. Also, I am told he's been halter-broke since 2 months, for what that's worth.

Do I feed him grain? Hay? Special supplements? What kind, how much? I am planning on keeping him in the pasture with my 20-yr-old gelding.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of 31 Old 07-30-2016, 07:08 PM
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If you don't have the knowledge to take him on, why are you doing it?

Sorry but a person should do the research into what is required to look after and properly raise a foal, before saying "Yes, I'll have him" then come onto a forum looking for advice.

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post #3 of 31 Old 07-30-2016, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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If you don't have the knowledge to take him on, why are you doing it?

Sorry but a person should do the research into what is required to look after and properly raise a foal, before saying "Yes, I'll have him" then come onto a forum looking for advice.
Well, for starters, this is trying to research and get knowledge before I take him on. Your comment is deeply discouraging and entirely unhelpful and unwarranted.
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post #4 of 31 Old 07-30-2016, 09:23 PM
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Tractor supply has mare and foal feed, and calf manna.
The foal should be eating hay by now also.
There have been several people on here raising orphans foals, although I wouldn't call this an orphan exactly, it is old enough to be weaned at 5 months.
When will you be getting it? make sure to post pictures when you do! And GOOD LUCK!!

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post #5 of 31 Old 07-30-2016, 09:33 PM
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I purchased a foal last year. I can help with details. At 5 months the foal should be weaned. You'll need a good vet who can administer vaccinations on a nearly monthly basis. I started my foal on Purina Equine Junior (which she is still on) and fed a really good quality grass hay. It seems you have a good companion so that is a good start on manners. Let us know when he/she arrives and we can continue giving advice. Best of luck and good for you for trying to help!
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post #6 of 31 Old 07-30-2016, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much!! That is good to know. I've been doing all I can to learn what I can since this opportunity came up. I thought maybe by this age he could be eating hay and be weaned (he is obviously weaned since his mother is dead), but honestly just didn't know if that was typical or even desirable, or if he would need supplements for optimal nutrition. Like, would it be good to sprinkle calf manna on his feed, etc. Do you know what kind of hay I should feed him? He will be on grass, but with the hot weather lately my pasture is suffering a bit. I've heard alfalfa is good, but I've also heard that maybe it is too rich for young horses? Is fescue hay alright? I will be having a conversation with my feed store owners when they open on Monday, but I wanted to get some more opinions and different perspectives too. :)
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I always used calf manna for my youngsters along with just my normal grain I fed everyone else. If your pasture is sufficient for right now and the weanling will have 24/7 access to it then I wouldn't worry about hay. If your pasture isn't sufficient then a good grass mix hay is good. I prefer to have mainly grass hay with a little alfalfa mixed in or if it's not an option to have a hay that contains both I'll give them a ratio of 2 - 1 (like 2 flakes of grass hay, 1 flake of alfalfa). What type of grass hay depends on your location. Fescue if it is either endophyte free or it was baled before it developed seed heads is fine but my horses aren't too crazy about it. You may need to feed a softer hay for right now, as in second cutting instead of first cutting.
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Oh and good luck with him Snapdragon. Post pictures of him once you get him home so we can oooh & awe over baby cuteness.
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Some things to consider besides nutrition: Do you have safe fencing? Barbed wire is a no go for horses, especially foals. Since the foal is a colt, you'll need to stay on top of teaching him good manners, and correcting any unacceptable behavior as he's going to grow fast. And have him thoroughly checked out by a vet, who can advise you on when it would be best to geld him. He doesn't have his dam to teach him manners, your gelding will help with that. But in the end it is you who will be handling and teaching him to interact with humans.

Please share pictures of him, we love babies here, and by all means ask any questions you have. We're happy to help.
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post #10 of 31 Old 07-31-2016, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much for the kind and gracious responses. Thank you for being willing to help me despite the fact that I want to help give this guy a chance even though I've never done this sort of thing before. Your advice and suggestions are giving me lots of encouragement that I can do this, and confirming that I am on the right track. I am touched that you are even interested enough to want pictures! I will be sure to post some when he gets here!
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