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Feeding the young horse Owner Factsheet

Feeding the foal or young horse can be tricky and will depend on individual circumstances, compliance of the mare and quality of the mare's milk. Nutrient requirements of young horses are extremely high, compared to those of adult horses, owing to their very fast growth rate. Protein requirements are high as a result of the rapid growth of muscle, connective tissue and other body parts. Calcium and phosphorus requirements are also high owing to rapidly growing bones. Carbohydrates are in high demand owing to the foal's high metabolic rate and energy requirements. These nutrient sources are all present in the mare's milk.

When do newborn foals start suckling?

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When do foals start eating roughage and concentrates?

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When can foals be weaned?

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What are normal foal growth rates?

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What are the feed requirements for a young horse?

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What are the energy requirements of a young horse?

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