Feeding a weanling foal?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Chicken Fruit, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    I want to keep my baby at pasture, but if iam unable to what should I feed it? Or what should i include along with grass?
     
  2. RGEISENDORF

    RGEISENDORF Out Of The Brooder

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    Your foal will eat what the mom eats. Alfalfa and grain.
     
  3. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    Should have specified. I have a foal coming to ME, I dont have the dam. I dont have other horses yet either- but I plan on getting a pasture pet shortly before baby comes home in Sep.
     
  4. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    The best thing is a specificly designed feed for foals. I use to feed one called Equine JR by Purina. It is complete and has what growing baby needs. Be sure to prvide plenty of good quality roughage such as coarse grass hay. Timothy or orchard would be my first choice. Steer clear of fine bermuda and alicia hay they can cause impaction colic!
    Good luck!
     
  5. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    thanks! D day is like 5 weeks away... iam so excited. Just getting all my ducks in a row here... [​IMG]
     
  6. featherfooted

    featherfooted Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The best thing is a specificly designed feed for foals. I use to feed one called Equine JR by Purina. It is complete and has what growing baby needs. Be sure to prvide plenty of good quality roughage such as coarse grass hay. Timothy or orchard would be my first choice. Steer clear of fine bermuda and alicia hay they can cause impaction colic!
    Good luck!

    I agree on feeding a feed made for foals like Equine Jr. I don't agree with the statement about bermuda and alicia hay causing impaction. Both are a type of coastal hay. Many people feed coastal hay to their horses and have no problems. I feed only coastal hay and have for over 20 years and I've had no impaction problem. I know of only one horse that had an impaction problem and that was caused from the horse not drinking enough water. Everyone at the barn I'm at now and the one I was at in San Antonio, Texas have fed coastal hay and there has never been any problems. As long as it is a good horse quailty coastal hay you should be fine. Timothy and orchard grass hay are good types of hay. What you should do is find out what type of hay the foal is use to eat and stick with that type. The quick change in the type of hay is more likely to cause colic than the type of hay.
     
  7. Rusty Hills Farm

    Rusty Hills Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2008
    Up at the barn
    I'm in the process of weaning a baby. This is her 2nd week away from mama. She gets a scoop (approx 3 1/2 lbs) of Omolene 200 morning and night, bermuda/bahia hay free choice, and whatever pasture grass she wants throughout the day. She has not lost an ounce nor had any digestive issues.

    HTH


    Rusty
     
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    You know what -- just ask the breeder you're buying him from. They can give you advice that works best for Friesians specifically. Not all horse types are alike (in their tolerance for departures from ideal early feeding regimes).

    Good luck, have fun (I know you will [​IMG]), make sure all your fences and barn and shed are about six times stronger and safer than you can imagine any need for [​IMG],

    Pat
     
  9. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    And don't forget the pics!
     

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