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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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RE: Malnourished foal

I recently acquired a 7 month old weanling who is malnourished and froma malnourished mare. He doesn't seem to have much energy. I feed twice daily and mixture of 15% protein and beet pulp. I also feed two large flakes of grass hay morning and night. He is knock kneed and cow hocked. My farrier has been out and has him balanced now and he is moving better. I have also wormed him two weeks ago and am worming him today per vet suggestion. Any other suggestions?

Re: RE: Malnourished foal

Hi PJ,

One thing I would recommend is to avoid high starch diets. So, if the 15% mixture you are feeding is made from grain (oats, corn, barley, etc.), I would suggest switching to a low starch feed such as Purina Equine Junior or Purina Ultium.

High amounts of starch can cause bone problems in young, growing horses.

I would also give him a couple of flakes of alfalfa hay each day and all of the grass hay he wants.

All the best,

Dr. Getty