Hey everyone! So Faith is gettin big and since we do not know anything about the Friesian stallion Momma was bred to, we don't really have anything to go by... So, I have attached a few of her pictures (one with me in them, however I am not photogenic,lol) and I'd like to see how she compares to everyone elses foals. Also, I'm starting to get freaked out with her nutrition because I know OCD is a possibility for any horse but she seems to be gettin ribby but at the same time a round barrel...She is dewormed and vaccinated so I'm not sure if I need to re-evaluate her feed again? I don't want to feed her too much of starch, protein, etc. than what she needs but I also don't want to leave anything important out. She is on a 14% pellet and grow colt with free choice mineral block and about 10-15 lbs. of hay a day... She's currently 460 pounds (by tape) and 13.2 hands at the withers. Ok here are the pictures:
personally I think she looks good but I would keep at least this condition through the winter and if she put on a few pounds that would be all right....so keep measuring her weight and feed the recommended amount to keep her condition up.
Heather, feeding a growing horse is complicated. The protein to lysine to energy has to be balanced. I think if you work with the representative of a feed, from the company you are already buying from, they can help you figure out what is needed. As I'm sure you know, asking at the feed store gets varied results. I've had some very good advice, and some not so good advice, from different people who work there. So calling the company directly, might be a way to go.
Sorry I cannot be more specific than that. I have the same concerns when I have foals to feed. Good luck.
Your filly is nice looking and it is wonderful she has room to run around!
Thank you Cjskip. I'll be putting a call in to Purina in the morning. She's of course getting bigger but it just seems like her barrel is a lot wider than her chest...I know she's growing, but I'll try de-worming her again to see if that's the problem. If not then I'll be calling the vet. She's acting normal, and has been with the "big girls" now, just looks like she has a barrel in the middle now....
I'd be interested in learning what the Rep. at Purina says and the Vet if you call them.
I do know that growing horses need a lot of protein, and some breeders feed only alfalfa to them. I'm not sure about the grain and supplements though, so I hope the Rep. could answer your questions. Or perhaps someone else on the board knows?
I'm still learning about nutrition and have decided to leave it to the experts (in other words, relying on a commercial feed) and/or hay. However, every Rep. for commercial feeds is going to sing praises for their own product, of course.
I saw some horses recently that had the shiniest coats I've ever seen. I thought the owner had put show sheen on them, but she said it was the feed. However, I don't know if the feed is appropriate for my prego mares, ya know? I don't know if there is one feed that does it all.
I meant to say on that last post that some breeders feed only alfalfa to growing horses, as far as hay goes, but may supplement as well. Sorry for that omission.
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