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I just took them. He was 7m 6 days agoHow old are those pictures? He doesn't look 7 months old in them. He looks what we call 'wind swept' in his front legs but I would expect them to look at better by 7 months.
Thank you. May I ask if you see any problems with how they look from the side view?
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This is a decent link that covers what you're asking. At this point I doubt major change could occur. Your vet and a good lameness specialist would be ones to consult. If a good leg vet isn't available then working with your vet phone consults or FaceTime type consults can be arranged.
When sun is up he is on the free range. Would barley and oats will be a good addition to they hay to gain more weight?That colt is way too thin. He needs hay and lots of it. If you don't get some weight on him, he's going to suffer from it his entire life.
Windswept is when the foal's legs are curved from being inside the mare. To me, this is not what is going on. I had a windswept foal once upon a time, he straightened out in a few days.
Pour the feed to him, and take pics again in a few months.
In the mean time, call your farrier to see if they might do some corrective stuff with him to help those front legs.
No. He needs hay and a lot of it. Good alfalfa hay. He needs wormed as well. You're already behind the 8 ball with this colt on how thin he is. It's going to take good feed to get him back to where he needs to be.When sun is up he is on the free range. Would barley and oats will be a good addition to they hay to gain more weight?
What country are you in? Besides barley and oats, what kind of feed do you have that is easily available to feed to him? How long have you had this colt?When sun is up he is on the free range. Would barley and oats will be a good addition to they hay to gain more weight?
I'm in Ukraine. I also have fodder beet, beet pulp and will try to buy alfalfa hay for him. Hay that I have is from local fields but it doesn't have any alfalfa in it. It was enough for my other mares and they were getting fat on it but clearly isn't enough for him. He was born from one of my mares which I sold when he was 5moWhat country are you in? Besides barley and oats, what kind of feed do you have that is easily available to feed to him? How long have you had this colt?
He was dewormed few weeks ago when I noticed the belly. How much beet pulp should I give him per day?Can you get deworming medications? He could use deworming and getting alfalfa, if you can, and beet pulp would be excellent. He is quite a bit underfed and is showing signs of stunting. If you can get sufficient feed for him now, he'll probably be ok in the long run. You'll still need a vet for his legs and feet.
Thank you! He is about 130cm, the dam was 150 hucul cross and the sire draft cross a bit higherAs much as he'll eat. He needs feed down in front of him 24/7. Beet pulp, good quality grass hay, and several pounds of alfalfa. Just make sure you balance the alfalfa and beet pulp so that your Calcium to Phosphorus ratio is 2:1. Alfalafa is low in Calcium and high in Phosphorus, Beet Pulp is about 10:1 Calciumhosphorus. Alfalfa is high in protein and beet pulp is low, you want an average not over about 16%.
I don't know your horse's breed nor how large he's expected to grow. Looking at your photos, you say the colt is about 7 mos, but he looks about 4 months, maybe less. He's very small. How big would you expect him to grow?