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Old 02-19-2010, 10:49 AM  
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Feeding a 10 month old colt

Got registration application and more info on my new colt Scotty! When she dropped him off (3 weeks ago) She said he was 7 months old but the papers I got yesterday say he is actually 10 months, born April 19/09. Since coming here he has lost a little weight which in understandable, 2 big moves, new horses, new home, new people, more handling etc. He is has free choice alfalfa/grass bale, mineral and salt and water. I think I would like to start him on a concentrated feed to keep his weight up. My choices are whole oats, Masterfeeds developer with 14% protein 6% fat and 17% fibre or VTM 20 that is mixed 1:2 with oats and it has 20% protein. Or should I just leave him with the bale and he will grow as he needs too? Rep said either of the last 2 would be good she didn't have a preference. I am not much of a supplement feeder but have never had a baby this young either!
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Old 02-19-2010, 11:57 AM  
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A feed rep wants to sell feed. Read labels carefully and stay away from sugar. We're seeing more and more instances of diabetic horses and there's no reason for it except our penchant for loading them up on sweetfeed.

What you're doing sounds good to me, but I'm not a qualified professional nutritionist. Adding a balanced vitamin/mineral ration might be good. Why not discuss this with your vet? You want him to grow healthy and happy, but not stress him with accelerated growth that may cause joint and tendon problems.

Your new colt should bounce back from the move and recover the weight.
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:15 PM  
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Im a firm believe in purina equine jr for young growing horses
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Old 02-20-2010, 01:45 AM  
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I don't have access to many feeds other than those I listed. We can get purina senior, complete or safechoice and that's it for them. Or we have the masterfeeds place.
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Old 02-20-2010, 05:07 AM  
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Go for horse feed for young horses. I do not like horse that age to grow too quickly, will cause problems later so the hay and some grain not too much. He will grow accordingly and fatten up with proper nutrition, worming shots etc.
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Old 02-20-2010, 05:20 AM  
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Im a firm believe in purina equine jr for young growing horses
I totally agree with Kaykay. That and Good quality hay.
If your rep can get you Equine Senior then you can get the Junior feed. Just ask them to order it. If there is no way possible to get it then you need a ration balancer or vitamin suppliment. GrowNWin is good, Calf Manna mixed with Oats or even a cheapo feed would be better then something that will not provide him with what he needs to grow. OCD is something to watch out for in a growing horse. 20% protein is way too high IMO
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Old 02-20-2010, 10:21 AM  
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If your rep can get you Equine Senior then you can get the Junior feed. Just ask them to order it.
The purina comes from a peavy mart which is kinda like a TSC. They can't order anything only get what comes in. I have tried to get them to order stuff but their company doesn't allow it. The rep is only for the masterfeeds and they only carry masterfeeds at that place.

I don't want him to grow faster just put a little over his ribs. He was a little chunk when he came, like couldn't hardly feel his ribs and now I feel them when I run my fingers over with some pressure but not with a flat hand.
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Old 02-20-2010, 10:23 AM  
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Do they carry Hoffman's Horse Minerals?

http://www.hoffmanshorseminerals.com/

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Old 02-20-2010, 10:36 AM  
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umm I have heard of milk replacer being put in recently weaned youngins, but I do agree that a young horse should be given a feed made and tested on young horses. It makes sense, so if you cannot find anything then just give a good hay 24/7 and watch him..sometimes blanketting in the cold helps aswell.
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:09 AM  
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I can look into hoffmans' I know I can get it in the city but that is 2 hours away!
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someone else mentioned Buckeye's gro n win, which is an excellent product. for a 10 month old, I would highly recommend buckeye's Growth product. I know someone that works at a store that sells mainly purina products and he was blown away by the growth formula. said it beat out their "jr" product by far. I have a coming 2 year old that has been on it and she has really flourished since I got her almost a year ago.
http://buckeyenutrition.com/equine/index.html
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:14 PM  
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I can't get buck eye feeds in Saskatchewan
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well that stinks!
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:25 PM  
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Yep, I am so limited on what I can get it isn't even funny
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you may have already tried, but have looked for a dealer locator on their website?
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Old 02-20-2010, 01:34 PM  
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yep that's how I know I can't get it here!
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