Foal Foundations

At what age do you start feeding your foal(s) supplements?

1-2 months old
3-4 months old
5-6 months old
7-8 months old
9-12 months old
I don't start supplements until they're at least a yearling
I don't feed supplements to my foals
I don't raise foals

Total votes cast: 499

Comments & Write-in Answers

vitamin and mineral balancer

12/5/2010 7:44:52 AM

pelleted foal food, creep fed until weaned, then a pelleted ration balancer

12/5/2010 12:40:51 AM

Equine Junior as soon as they will start eating it. They shouldn't need supplements.

12/4/2010 1:34:48 PM

I use a balanced foal feed with average hay.This encourages proper growth, not rapid growth.

12/3/2010 11:34:48 PM

Feel that everything needed is in his feed already

12/3/2010 9:03:38 PM

Nature has designed the mare to provide the nutrients that afoal needs.Make sure that your mare is i

12/3/2010 5:51:54 PM

my broodmares get the supplements,the foals get the mare

12/3/2010 2:31:27 PM

I use a free choice creep feed when I have a foal

12/3/2010 10:07:53 AM

I feed Purina Equine Junior starting at weaning. No other supplements needed.

12/3/2010 8:04:12 AM

they get to eat Stragety with their mother and when I wean them they only get alfalfa & Bran

12/2/2010 9:10:05 PM

My foal was premature and in intensive care for 5 wks. She is doing great on Ultium growth!

12/2/2010 8:01:07 PM

I add fat supplements for all my horses.

12/2/2010 6:16:40 PM

I no longer crib feed, when pasture quality decreases/weaning time get low molasses block A/G hay

12/2/2010 6:09:19 PM

I feed Purina Jr. and feel this is a balanced diet not needing supplement

12/2/2010 6:01:21 PM

they are weaned when their mum's decide, but given balancer through the winter.

12/2/2010 5:25:57 PM

grass is my supplement

12/2/2010 4:03:57 PM

They get a bit of the dam's feed as a ration balancer for minerals.

12/2/2010 3:59:10 PM

I feed a KER based feed and the supplements are included.

12/2/2010 3:05:41 PM

Creep feeding as soon as the foal shows interest-my feed contains all needed supplements & vitamins.

12/2/2010 2:18:30 PM

both grain & vit, mineral supplements

12/2/2010 11:29:23 AM

I feed a feed that has all the correct amounts of nutrients for a growing foal.

12/2/2010 9:48:06 AM

A balancer ration is available for them to "experiment" with from day one

12/2/2010 7:19:23 AM

There are too many horses going to slaughter and lacking homes for me to be a part of the problem.

12/1/2010 9:52:19 PM

Start as soon as they start using the creep feeder

12/1/2010 7:00:08 PM

i start foals at birth, with probiotics, as they are born with a sterile gut.

12/1/2010 5:05:47 PM

I find that good quality hay and grain are usually enough - only supplement as needed for a problem.

12/1/2010 3:53:41 PM

It has been ten years since I've raised a foal

12/1/2010 1:05:31 PM

It is a supplement developed by my veterinarian.

12/1/2010 1:05:22 PM

I feed a small amount but don't want them to grow to fast

12/1/2010 12:55:44 PM

as soon as the foal starts eating from it's mothers bucket it is time to let it have it's own feed

12/1/2010 9:02:32 AM

i consider what my hay/pasture anaylis is, and supplement the mare first, then the foal

12/1/2010 8:50:01 AM

my colt lost his mom at 7 wks old, so I started him on supplements earlier

12/1/2010 7:24:09 AM

Just a handfull to begin with, gradually adding a little more as time goes by

12/1/2010 6:28:39 AM

After weaning around 4 mos. we feed Purina 200, plus calf manna

12/1/2010 12:06:34 AM

I haven't had horses younger than 2 yo. Have two stallions, but can't take on a baby.

11/30/2010 11:43:19 PM

If they need them at 5 months they will get them otherwise i leave them alone to grow naturally as n

11/30/2010 9:52:35 PM

the foal will have nibbled out of the mares dish.

11/30/2010 9:29:54 PM

Platinum CJ only supplement he gets

11/30/2010 9:22:06 PM

foal-lac offered by 2 weeks

11/30/2010 8:55:49 PM

feed calfmana with feed

11/30/2010 8:50:19 PM

Calf Manna with Mom's ration

11/30/2010 8:16:42 PM

small amounts of balanced concentrate introduced a month prior to weaning

11/30/2010 8:06:22 PM

The mare is tied at feeding the the foal is given its own bucket.

11/30/2010 7:44:30 PM

I start with a creep feeder.

11/30/2010 7:40:11 PM

My foals usually eat with their dams so they get what they need .. been lucky they share

11/30/2010 6:58:24 PM

I wean my foals at 90-120 days. Then I feed age appropriate vitamins and minerals.

11/30/2010 5:18:46 PM

Foals get all they need from mama and nibbling on the pellets she is fed.

11/30/2010 4:59:49 PM

Good green grass grows good foals

11/30/2010 4:53:03 PM

As soon as they start creep feeding

11/30/2010 4:41:48 PM

Have raised one foal.Mare got pregnant because of some idiot.I was angry.

11/30/2010 4:40:31 PM

Actually it is started when it starts eating it's dams food.

11/30/2010 4:34:17 PM

My horses minerals and salt are always free choice & foal and adults can acess it at any time.

11/30/2010 4:25:06 PM

never feed anything but oat alfalfa/oat cubes and oat hay,pasture when available

11/30/2010 4:01:50 PM

My foals start sampling mom's feed within a week or two...

11/30/2010 3:54:51 PM

My foal was "creep feeding" from her mother's bowl and supplements very soon.

11/30/2010 3:44:33 PM

I feed a complete feed and do not see any need for supplementation

11/30/2010 3:43:35 PM

Probiotics, paste worm monthly and Strongid C as soon as they start eating grain with Dam

11/30/2010 3:43:11 PM

I voted 1-2 months, but my foals actually begin eating with their dams at a few days of age.

11/30/2010 3:32:19 PM

I feed a good feed and good hay or grass

11/30/2010 3:31:36 PM

2-3 weeks, as soon as they will start to eat creep feed

11/30/2010 3:31:17 PM

Don't normally find them necessary if mare producing milk properly

11/30/2010 3:30:30 PM

There is such a hype about supplements...sometimes less is more.

11/30/2010 3:25:59 PM

Once my foals are weaned I begin feeding grain seperate from the dam's ration.

11/30/2010 3:03:58 PM

earlier, I gave my mare a kelp-based supplement before breeding her and throughout the gestation.

11/30/2010 2:58:30 PM

I feed purina strategy- only supp. if needed

11/30/2010 2:51:30 PM

whneever they start eating with their dam

11/30/2010 2:42:10 PM

They get strategy with mom and when they will eat it, on their own.

11/30/2010 2:26:32 PM

All our horses have free choice to the mineral and salt supplements 24hrs -7 days a week.

11/30/2010 1:29:40 PM

started Clydesdale colt on joint supps at 6 mo as preventative measure

11/30/2010 11:45:06 AM

as soon as they are eating grain, they get a vit/mineral supplement

11/30/2010 9:49:02 AM

Have no foals but did supplement my yearling.

11/30/2010 12:35:54 AM