Giving my foal treats

Should I feed my foal treats along with the sweet feed?

  • yes

  • no

  • Yes but only once a week

  • yes everyday with sweet feed

  • 2 times a week

  • none at all


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We just went to a auction and bought 2 horses, A 8 year old mare and a 5 week old filly. I am currently trying to bond with my filly and I have been giving it sweet feed. I finally got it to eat out of my hand only 2 days after we got her. I was wondering if there are any treats that foals like and are ok for them and wont do any damage at all?
 

TPO

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I'm presuming the 5wk old filly is the foal of the 8yr old mare and therefore still on the mare.

Personally I wouldn't be giving feed to a healthy 5wk old foal and definitely ot treats.

Is there someone experienced with youngstock involved with the purchase of the mare and foal?

If the foal isnt from that mare that's a whole other kettle of fish
 

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Please please please if the foal does not belong to the mare be extremely careful. The only really dangerous horses I've come across were hand reared, it's a nightmare to both nurture them and establish suitable manners and boundaries.
 

paddy555

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Please please please if the foal does not belong to the mare be extremely careful. The only really dangerous horses I've come across were hand reared, it's a nightmare to both nurture them and establish suitable manners and boundaries.
this. I bought a hand reared 2yo. Didn't realise when I bought him. It was the one question I didn't ask.
He spent the next 12 months alternating between standing up and waving his front feet above my head or grabbing me with his teeth. He had been brought up by girls and had no respect for females at all.
It took a long time to get through to him that 4 feet remained on the ground and his teeth inside his closed mouth at all times. :D

I see this is your first post so welcome. I don't think this is really a subject to vote on. I think you will find that everyone here who is experienced with young horses will tell you that hand feeding a foal with treats is a total non starter at best and dangerous at the worst.
Presuming the foal belongs to the mare then if you want to do things teach the foal to lead behind her mother, pick up her feet, run your hands all over her and then send her back to mum. :D
 

Casey76

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I wouldn’t feed sweet feed to anything, never mind a foal.

To desensitize the foal to a human, you really just need to be there, they are normally curious enough to come and investigate you. Then you can give them scritches. Scritches as the best ”treat” a foal can get.
 

teddypops

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What is sweet feed? I wouldn’t be giving any treats at all as the goal will be getting what it needs from the mare. (Hoping of course the mare is the mum of the foal)
 

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From the sound of your post you are in the US (sweet feed is molassed grain mix). If the mare and foal are a unit you don't need to "bond", you just need to leave them together and handle the mare as normal. She will teach the foal all it needs to know at this stage, including about you.
 
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