Feeding Foals and Young Horses

“Clients often ask, ‘What kind of grain should I use?’” Tanner says. “I always ignore that question and immediately ask, ‘What kind of hay are you giving them?’ If you have bad hay, you’re not going to fix that with more grain.” Tanner also recommends checking with your vet before giving your horse supplements, since nutraceuticals are not regulated by the FDA. “You could be wasting a good bit of money on something that’s not good for your horse,” he says.

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Feeding Foals

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Understanding how your growing foal's digestive system works can help you recognize and avoid potential problems. ... Read More

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Our nutrition expert offers advice for ensuring free-fed horses don't overeat hay.... Read More

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Researchers determined that both veterinarians and owners need more equine nutrition education.... Read More

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Your foal needs proper nutrition to get a jump on a healthy life. Here are some tips on how to ensure he receives it.... Read More

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UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Kelsey Smith

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Orphan foals require special care from the start, especially when it comes to their nutritional needs.... Read More

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Find out if oats in your horse's poop piles means his feed--and your money--are going right through him.... Read More