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Get Foal Nutrition Right From the Start

Your foal needs proper nutrition to get a jump on a healthy life. Here are some tips to ensure he receives it.

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Get Foal Nutrition Right From the Start
Ensure foals nutritional requirements are met to help him develop properly. | Photo: iStock

It is no surprise that nutrition plays an enormous role in the health of a foal. Meeting a foal’s nutritional requirements is necessary to ensure proper growth and bone development. Here are some tips on how to help ensure your foal receives proper nutrition right from the start.

Before Birth

Foal health begins with the mare. Ensuring your broodmare’s nutritional needs are met is critical. Calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals are all passed on to the foal while in utero, and later through the mare’s milk.

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Equine Guelph is the horse owners’ and caretakers’ center at the University of Guelph, supported and overseen by equine industry groups, and dedicated to improving the health and well-being of horses.

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