A horse’s diet changes significantly from the time it’s born until it reaches physical maturity. For certain individuals, physical maturity does not occur till they are four, five, or even six years old. Beginning with a liquid diet and ending with a diet that invariably contains both forages and concentrates represents a significant spectrum.
A foal is driven to stand within an hour of birth and nurse within two hours. How do you know your foal is nursing enough (or too much) and growing appropriately? When should “real feed” be introduced?
What is the best way to nourish weanlings and yearlings when they are kept in stalls due to injuries, sometimes for long periods of time?
Can you offer any nutritional advice for a weanling that's stressed and underweight?
Some foals cope with weaning better than others and those weanlings that worry ceaselessly after weaning often lose weight. What can owners do for these fretful weanlings?
My big weanling is on a forage-only diet because of an OCD lesion. How much hay should I feed?
While vitamin D gets the lion’s share of attention for equine bone health, other vitamins are just as important, including vitamins A, C, and K.
The most important thing to understand when feeding lactating mares is that their needs will change not only throughout their pregnancy but throughout the lactation period as well.
The likelihood of developmental orthopedic disorders, such as osteochondritis dissecans, increases if weanlings aren’t fed properly during this transition period.
A concerned horsewoman called Kentucky Equine Research (KER) about an unhealthy three-month-old foal. She followed the recommendations of both the veterinarian and the nutrition advisors at KER, and the colt made a complete turnaround.
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