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Bottle fed foal nutrition

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tiffanie bennett
Neonate
Username: Benntiffanie

Post Number: 10
Registered: 04-2008
Posted on Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 12:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have had to bottle feed a foal this year due to his dam not gettin ANY milk at all. He has been extremely healthy, and maintains his weight. A couple of weeks ago I noticed that he is starting to "stock up" in all four legs really badly. I am wondering if there is anything nutritionally that could cause this because it happened to start becoming obvious when I stopped giving him a bottle. He is almost three months old. Currently he can free feed on alfalfa and grass hay. He gets 1 1/2 lbs of Triple Crown Growth with two cups of Foal Lac Pellets 2x/day. When he is stalled he has a large run. Today he was out all day in a big field, and is still has swelling in all 4 legs this evening. I know that it is probably due to the heat and lack of movement, but was wanting to cover all of my bases due to his unique start and nutritional requirements. He seems mildly stiff when he walks around but otherwise completely healthy.
 

Cjskip
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 1395
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Thursday, September 02, 2010 - 02:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sorry no one has had an answer to your question. Guess we can't answer them all. Hope he is better now. Hopefully your vet or someone else has been able to answer this for you.
 

Mary Ayala
Weanling
Username: Marya

Post Number: 28
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Thursday, September 02, 2010 - 10:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Maybe too much protein in his diet..? I would be concerned about DOD.
 

Beth Walker
Breeding Stock
Username: Bbhorses

Post Number: 142
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Thursday, September 02, 2010 - 11:39 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I agree with Mary, sounds like he is getting to much protein. I had a colt last year that had the same problem but only with his front legs, vet had me take him off the growth feeds and put him on a low protein 10% grain and plain grass hay, swelling went down in a few weeks.



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