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post #11 of 31 Old 07-31-2016, 02:03 AM
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The KISS principle can be applied to foals, and it is better to strive for later maturity then to feed them towards early maturity.
The main thing to consider, because a foal does not have the gut size to process a lot of lower quality forage, to meet his energy needs, if feeding hay, you chose one that is more nutrient dense, like an alfalfa mix
A foal needs a higher protein amount , as he is growing, and minerals have to be in the correct balance, esp Calcium Phosphorus balance
If you add energy (calories) make sure there is enough protein and minerals to support the growth rate generated.
Myself, I kept it simple for my weanlings, thus avoiding orthopedic developmental problems
I fed them free choice 50% alfalfa mixed hay, and twice a day they also got rolled oats mixed with soaked beet pulp. The beet pulp balanced out the high Phosphorus in oats. They also had free choice minerals and salt
Err on under supplementing, then over supplementing, which can cause huge problems
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If you buy growth food for your foal, it will say about how much you should feed him. I'ts usually about one pound per each month of age the foal is give or take a little. So, if he's five months then about five lbs of growth food per day cut into two or three feedings. You can adjust when you see how he's faring on it. Timothy grass hay is usually a good choice if your pasture is not cutting it for him. If your gelding is doing ok on it right now then he probably will too. I think a little alfalfa is good for foals for the extra calcium and protein as long as it's not out of balance.

Be sure not to spoil him. A spoiled colt turns into a dangerous horse. My filly discovered how to use her back legs at about two days old and tried to kick me. She got a nice little thump on the rear and she hasn't really tried it since. She nipped at my leg not too long ago and I chased her off and wouldn't let her come back for a bit and she hasn't tried to bite again either. You have to let them know what's acceptable and what's not from the beginning.

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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.
We all have to start somewhere!

Asking advice is the best thing to do - not many people, if they have the room to keep a youngster, would refuse to help in this situation,
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The main thing to remember is, Foals are not horses.....yet. They also aren't dogs. They're really cute and know how to work you so really concentrate on being firm, fair and consistent. If you wouldn't like to see it in an adult horse's behavior, don't allow it in the foal. That's pretty much Foal Behavior 101.

As for feed, I like to keep it simple too but I use premade feeds designed for foals. I feed Omolene 300 until they're weaned, then I switch to Purina Junior Horse feed and feed by the directions on the labels until they're 2. Since we have blister beetles in the alfalfa here, I don't use it. I feed bermuda grass hay or prairie grass hay.

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Also very important: What is your plan for moving him to your place? Do you have a truck and trailer to haul him? He should not be trailered alone, an older horse to keep him calm is best. If the current owner is doing the hauling, you need to discuss safety concerns and issues beforehand. He's most likely never been in a trailer before, probably won't be too keen to get in a trailer. You can't just force him in, shut the door and expect him to be OK with it. Plan in advance. The less stress on him, the better.
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Also very important: What is your plan for moving him to your place? Do you have a truck and trailer to haul him? He should not be trailered alone, an older horse to keep him calm is best. If the current owner is doing the hauling, you need to discuss safety concerns and issues beforehand. He's most likely never been in a trailer before, probably won't be too keen to get in a trailer. You can't just force him in, shut the door and expect him to be OK with it. Plan in advance. The less stress on him, the better.
He is being brought to a relative's place along with another older gelding that I understand he currently lives with. I will pick him up from there at some point (I have a truck and access to a couple of decent trailers), and my plan was to have my own gelding in the same trailer as the foal when I bring him home. My gelding loads and rides really well. Would it be wise though to wait a few days from when he is dropped off at my relative's before I put him in a trailer again to bring him home? They are pretty flexible and I can even have my gelding over there when the foal gets there. That way maybe they'll already be familiar with one another before we bring the foal home? Or does it matter?
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How far is it from where he is now to your relative's and then how far to your place from the relative's? That would be the deciding factor for me. If it's a long haul, 4+ hours, I'd let him lay over for a day and then bring him the 2nd leg. A short haul and I'd just load him up and bring him home, so he's not getting all confused about where he's going to be. He's going to be uncertain and afraid anyhow, but depending on how long a ride he's taking would determine whether he needs to rest or should come on through. As long as there is a divider in the trailer between him and the gelding I'd be fine with having the unknown gelding in the trailer, otherwise, I would haul him home alone even though that can have its own set of problems, getting caught in a small enclosed space with someone who decides want to beat you up isn't one of them. I would keep them separated by 2 fences or dividers of some kind, so they can't touch noses, for at least a month (quarantine for the foal and protection while they get to know each other). After the QT then I'd move them closer, only one fence or divider between them for another month, then in together as long as you're there to supervise for a while and then into a big enough space that the foal can run away from the gelding if needed.
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The main thing to remember is, Foals are not horses.....yet. They also aren't dogs. They're really cute and know how to work you so really concentrate on being firm, fair and consistent. If you wouldn't like to see it in an adult horse's behavior, don't allow it in the foal. That's pretty much Foal Behavior 101.

As for feed, I like to keep it simple too but I use premade feeds designed for foals. I feed Omolene 300 until they're weaned, then I switch to Purina Junior Horse feed and feed by the directions on the labels until they're 2. Since we have blister beetles in the alfalfa here, I don't use it. I feed bermuda grass hay or prairie grass hay.
Forgot about those blister beetles you have down south! I re call a bunch of show horses dying one year,hauled to a show down south, because the local hay contained blister beetles!
I was going by our local alfalfa, of course, which is great source of protein and Calcium
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Far as the haul, the less layovers the better, in my opinion. A five month old foal is still developing immunity, and the less different horse exposures he gets at this point, the better.
Hauling with your gelding sounds like a good plan
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I have zero advice to give, I just wanted to say best of luck to you and the foal and definitely post pictures!
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