Monday, September 3, 2018

Foals: How Much Growth is Too Much

A recent question in the Kentucky Equine Research Q&A concerned how to best feed a 2-month-old colt that was growing fast. A previous warmblood foal had developed contracted tendons, perhaps due to too-rapid growth, so the foal raiser wanted to avoid that problem with the colt. The concern was that the colt might not get all the nutrients he needs if the feed was cut back. KER's answer addresses several aspects of the situation, and provides good guidelines and goals.

One point made was that "Lactation is a demanding stage of life and requires much higher digestible energy than maintenance, gestation, and most performance endeavors."

Read the full response here.

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