Young Horse Part 1: Birth to Six Months
- By Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM
- Jan 17, 2011
How will your spindly newborn foal transform into the athletic adult horse of your dreams? What can or should you do to ensure he develops into a healthy young horse? Caring for your foal begins before they are born. Proper care of the mare, including optimal nutritional support and core vaccinations and deworming in the months leading up to foaling, can set the stage for skeletal development early on.
Mare care, vaccinations, weaning, proper nutrition, deworming, monitoring, hoof care and exercise all contribute to the even growth of your weanling. Socialization and careful, consistent handling create a sensible animal, ready to meet new situations with curiosity rather than fear. Enjoy your coffee as you watch your weanling gallop across the pasture in the morning light.
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