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Help your Foal Grow with Proper Nutrition
A healthy foal will grow rapidly, gaining in height, weight and strength almost before your eyes. From birth to age two, a young horse can achieve 90 percent or more of its full adult size, sometimes putting on as many as three pounds per day. Feeding young horses is a balancing act, as the nutritional start a foal gets can have a profound affect on its health and soundness for the rest of its life.
The reward for providing excellent nutrition and conscientious care will be a healthy foal that grows into a sound and useful horse. For more information about providing proper nutrition for your foal, talk with your equine veterinarian and ask for the "Foal Growth" education brochure provided by the AAEP in conjunction with Education Partners Bayer Animal Health and Purina Mills. Additional information about foal nutrition can also be found on the AAEP's horse health Web site, www.myHorseMatters.com.
Reprinted with permission from the American Association of Equine Practitioners.