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Correct feeding of a yearling colt

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Saffron
Breeding Stock
Username: Saffron

Post Number: 241
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2007 - 04:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi I have a yearling colt/stallion..i intend to use him for breeding or at least attempt to get him through these very tough tests we have here for licensing...there are so many foal feeds yearling feeds etc and although i want him to grow big and strong and healthy i dont want to over feed him and cause problems...he is pretty scrawny at the moment(like yearlings can be) and apart from daily turnout and lots of hay he is fed a yearling mix with oats and linseed oil, is this generally ok or should he have more? I am tempted by all these suupplements and mais luzern soya, barley etc but i know the dangers of over feeding...any ideas? What do you guys feed your breeding stallions?
 

cathy Cook
Breeding Stock
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 263
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2007 - 06:19 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I feed free choice Equine Jr. from Purina from the time they want grain until I begin sales prep. That and Moorman's growth blocks instead of just a mineral or salt block.
 

Saffron
Breeding Stock
Username: Saffron

Post Number: 242
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2007 - 07:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hmmm difficult, we have really different feeds here! Do you feed oats?
 

Beth Walker
Weanling
Username: Bbhorses

Post Number: 32
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2007 - 11:05 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We had a yearling stallion last year that was 15.2hh and was growing so fast he was starting to get contracted tendons. We changed our feed program from using a growth sweet feed to feeding a small amount of a 12% protein sweet feed and oats. It worked great, he is now 16.1hh at 2 yrs. old and no leg problems. The only supplement I use is a supplement to raise the calcium level in the oats since they are really high in phosphorus and that can cause some of the leg problems.
 

Saffron
Breeding Stock
Username: Saffron

Post Number: 243
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2007 - 11:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A lot of the old fashioned breders feed only oats and hay and the horses are out all summer and in all winter! I try and have them out summer and also daily in winter(weather permitting) and feed a balanced diet but i think it is easy to over feed and i have heard that a lot of leg problems can be caused by over feeding young horses(chips),,exactly what some people do to make them grow bigger and faster! Of course i want my stallion to be strong and hopefully reach a good size but without over feeding! I feed a mix that should have everything a yearling needs but there are so many supplements, difficult to see what is necessary or not! Here they also inject yearlings with beta carotin...this should make them grow too! Some stallions intended for breeding are given hormones...i just want my colt to have all the reserves to meet his full potential!
 

cathy Cook
Breeding Stock
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 264
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2007 - 03:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Equine Jr. is great. I have never had any bone issues in feeding it. It is made as a complete type feed to replace forage and everything. Best food for babies I have ever used. Trust me I would know about bone issues since all of my yearlings are x-rayed head to toe in preparation for the yearling sales, so I see every OCD, everything.
 

Pita
Weanling
Username: Pita

Post Number: 40
Registered: 05-2005
Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 11:45 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cathy when you say free choice equine JR. what do you mean exactly? I have 3 yearlings that are out grazing all day. Wormed regualarly/ tested. I have been giving them probiotics too, but I can't get weight on them. they get fed strategy and Equine JR.. And still ribby.



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