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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Powdered skim milk

I read in a horse nutrition book that powdered skim milk was a good food item for mares and her foal. I hadn't heard of that before and wondered if it was a good idea? My foal is 5 weeks old and just starting to eat mare/foal feed.

Where are you from? Greeley, Co

How did you locate this forum? web search for equine nutrition

Re: Powdered skim milk

Hi Melanie,

No, I would not recommend it. The protein quality of powdered milk is somewhat compromised because of the processing involved. And, there really is no need to depend on animal sources of protein for your horses.

Your mare would be much better off with a balanced diet of quality grass and legume hays. And, your foal will start copying his mother soon and will graze small amounts.

You’ll also want to feed a high quality pelleted feed that is low in starch. You can set up a creep feeder for your foal, as well, so he can nibble out of his own feed bucket as he pleases.

All the best,

Dr. Getty