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THIS GUIDE WILL HELP HORSE OWNERS IN THEIR DECISION MAKING PROCESS ON ‘WHAT’ TO FEED AN ORPHANED FOAL:

DECISION ONE:

Orphaned or rejected foals can be raised on a leased Nurse Mare or on the FOALS FIRST® MILK REPLACER

The following will help you make the best decision for you, when planning on how to manage and feed your foal.

Select one of the following:

Pro and Con in Using a Leased Nurse Mare: 

‘Pro’ Nurse Mare:

‘Con’ Nurse Mare:

Pro and Con Statements for ‘Mares’ Milk Replacers:

Pro Milk Replacer:

Con Milk Replacer:


OTHER MILK REPLACER POWDER’S ARE AVAILABLE:


One company’s feeding directions should not be used with another company’s milk replacer. You should follow the ‘feeding directions’ provided on the label of the foal milk replacer you select.

Other specie milk replacers are also available; unfortunately the calf, lamb, and kid milk replacers are not nutritionally adequate or balanced for the rapidly growing and developing foal. For instance: foals drinking 4 gallon per day (if the sire and dam weighed 1,000 lbs) will double their birth weight in 4 weeks.Whole cow's milk, with added sweetener, and goat's milk have been advocated in the past, but poor weight gains and metabolic acidosis have been reported in neonatal foals consuming the required amount of milk they need per day to satisfy the foals appetite.

“HELPFUL HINT” – Some foal milk replacers can cause digestive upset and diarrhea and therefore ‘not recommended’ for foals less than 30 days old are:

 

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