Livestock Studies 2000, Vol 40, Num, 1     (Pages: 076-089)

Feeding of the Foals

Adnan ŞEHU 1

1 Ankara Üniversitesi Veteriner Fakültesi Hayvan Besleme ve Beslenme Hastalıkları Anabilim Dalı - ANKARA - To raise a horse in perfect physical conditions, a foal, from fertile zigot to adult weight, is supposed to be fed with balanced rations containing enough exogen amino acids, fat and minerals.

Colostrum must be given to a new born foal within the 36 hours after parturation. Otherwise the foal must be supprorted with vitamins, polivalans serum and antibiotics.

Weaning of foals is realised when foals are between 5 to 6 months old. If a foal needs to be fed with milk replacer , this diet should be given as frequently as possible in fewer quantity.

To nourish a foal with excess amount of carbohydrate causes irreversible skeleton defects. Because of this reason, the supplementation of fat to the rations is important at these periods. Keywords : Foal, Feeding