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Feeding Foals from Birth to Two Years of Age
  by Robert N. Oglesby DVM

Introduction

Introduction » The First Two Months » The Nursing Foal » The Weaning Process » The Growing Weaned Foal » Summary » Developmental Orthopedic Disease (DOD) » More Info 

From birth to two years of age horses have special feeding considerations. These include evaluation of the mares milk, introduction to solid foods, weaning, and changing dietary needs including, fiber, energy, protein, and mineral requirements. Just as with adults however this requires an ability to accurately judge the overall health of the growing foal including body condition scoring and the ability to judge the quality of forages and concentrates. This article discusses introducing the nursing foal to solid food, weaning, and nutrition and feeding the foal up through 2 years of age. Also discussed is prevention of nutritionally related orthopedic diseases like OCD.
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