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7 months colt confirmation

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Never had foal before. He was weaned at 5 months. I especially worried about his front legs. Finding vet for check up is difficult for my area. I will call one when I will be ready to geld him in a upcoming months.
Does he need additional supplements?

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How 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.
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?
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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.
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As 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 5:1 Calcium to Phosphorus, Beet Pulp is about 10:1 Calcium to Phosphorus. Alfalfa is high in protein and beet pulp is low, you want an average not over about 16%. If you can feed some oat to blaance things out he should grow well and have good bone.

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?
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