Supplements For An Orphan Foal


“Hello, recently my mare passed (Postpartum colon torsion) and left behind her 5 1/2 week old foal. I am feeding Foalac milk replacer as her primary food source (she gets pasture turn out during the day in nice weather, grass hay & a mash or Equine Senior + Alfalfa pellets) I have no previous experience with orphan foals and I am concerned she needs some type of vitamin/mineral supplement and would like to know what you would recommend. (All of the horses on the farm get Horse Guard) I could not find on the Horse Guard bag or website where it addresses the “orphan foal” issue or dosages. Thank you in advance for your attention in this matter & I look forward to hearing your reply.”

Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella:
Sorry to hear about your mare. The Foalac milk replacer has a good calcium: phosphorous ratio which is extremely important in growing foals. However, it is low in selenium. So, supplementing her with Horse Guard would be a good idea. The dosage is 1 ounce per 500 lbs, and needs to be adjusted to her weight. So if she weighs about 150lbs, feed her 1/3 of an ounce or about 1/6 of the 2 oz scoop provided.

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About Dr. Kelsey J. Nonella Ph.D., P.A.S.

Kelsey J. Nonella, Ph.D. is an equine nutritionist who was riding horses before she could walk. Her love for horses drives her to help educate people on what their horses’ needs in order to have happy, healthy horses. Kelsey went to Cal Poly receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and then onto West Texas A&M, where she got her Masters and eventually her Doctorates in Equine Science. At A&M, Dr. Nonella did extensive research on Selenium within horses. Click here to view her research. Kelsey’s colleagues have mentioned her as an one of the United States equine Selenium experts.
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