Foal’s Food & Nutrition
Weaning takes place when the foal is five to six months old.
Foal’s Food & Nutrition: Weaning takes place when the foal is five to six months old. When the time comes it has already been eating grass and other food for a while. It is important to have food available for them permanently because the faster it starts to eat other things, the faster its digestive system will develop. Pre-mixed food is good for them and contains most of the nutrients they need but it is not enough, fresh food is also necessary. Alfalfa provides a lot of calcium for the mare’s milk and for the foal’s bones to strengthen. It should be kept handy for them to reach whenever they fell for a bite. Grain mixtures are the best for the mare to regain her usual weight and for the foal to put on some weight and muscle. But, they should be given with care so as not to put either of them over their normal weight. Horses enjoy sweets like we do so add a scoop or two of molasses to their grain. Pre-mixed food is a treat they will enjoy.
This is just a general guide and information about food, care and horse maintenance. I can’t help but make emphasis on what is called “imprinting” by the horse people. I call it making friends and learning how to trust. Horses are very intelligent and loving animals. They live in herds in the wild and on the farm too. They enjoy company and care for each other. You, your family, and employees or anyone who deals with your animals is considered by them as part of the herd. So, you must learn to interact with them. Not just riding or bathing them but talking, caressing and playing with them. Remember a horse is a friend forever and will give his life for you if there are love and trust between you.