Feeding Foals

It is important that foals receive colostrum within 4 hours of birth. It is unlikely a foal will survive if it does not receive colostrum. If colostrum is not available from the mare, Jump-Start™ Full Cream Colostrum should be fed. Jump-Start™ is available from your rural retailer.

Ensure clean fresh water is available from day 1, and from first week high protein, high energy pellets should be offered.

Feeding recommendations

Lamb milk replacer (LMR) should be mixed at 100 grams per litre of water, and the feeding guide below should be followed. DO NOT increase the concentration (100gm/litre), however volumes may vary depending on the size and strength of the foal.

IMPORTANT: These tables are a guide only. Feed requirements vary between 21% and 25% of bodyweight. If in doubt contact your vet.

Horse

Age of foal Feeds per day Quantity per feed (mls) Lamb milk replacer (LMR) per feed (gms) Total volume per day (l)
Up to 2 weeks 12 900 90 10.8
2-6 weeks 12 1100 110 13.2
6-12 weeks 8 1300 130 10.4
12-21 weeks 6 1500 150 9

 

Pony

Age of foal Feeds per day Quantity per feed (mls) Lamb milk replacer (LMR) per feed (gms) Total volume per day (l)
Up to 2 weeks 12 720 70 8.6
2-6 weeks 12 1000 100 10
6-12 weeks 8 1100 110 8.8
12-21 weeks 6 1300 130 7.8

From 21 weeks the amount of milk should be gradually reduced over a 3 week period. Ensure that the foal is strong and consuming adequate amounts of foal pellets and soft hay.