Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
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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