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[RC] Protein for weanlings - Lysane Cree

Hi all, 

Some people are telling me that a young horse needs
17% protein and I should be feeding that to my horse.
And that it should be the kind that has oats and
molasses mixed - like the adult version, but even
higher in protein. I have never fed anything like this
to any horse. Can 17% protein be justified?...sounds
very high to me. The feed I am giving is for young
horses (Omolene 300 - Big 'Un) and it only has 13%
protein. That is within the range of what ridecampers
had suggested...basically, not more than 12-13%
protein. My filly is not eating a whole lot of it
right now because it is a new feed, but her main food
is grass hay and eventually I will increase her feed
(on the label it says you can give up to 4 lbs a day
but that seems like a lot). I don't want to deprive
her of any nutrients, but I don't want to overdo it
and affect her bones and body in a negative way. I was
thinking more along the lines of 2 lbs/day in two
meals. She weighs about 500 lbs right now. Not sure of
her height, but she is a Paint and is an average size
for her age I think. Her parents are in the 14.3-15.1
range so she should be around there full grown.  
Lysane

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