Not all foals grow at the same rate as breed, sex, body condition and genetics can influence growth rate and therefore the level of nutrients required. By weighing your foal and plotting this on the Growth Monitoring Chart, the foal’s growth rate can be followed from birth to 24 months. The chart is divided into 6 colour-coded areas which represent 6 different “estimated mature bodyweights”. Many growth-related problems can be prevented by charting a foal’s growth rate and body condition then selecting the correct feeding programme for their age and weight. This will supply all the nutrients necessary to support growth but without over or underfeeding.
Ideally, a foal should follow a consistent even growth curve that corresponds to the basic line of one of the coloured segments overleaf. If a youngster is growing rapidly the curve will be very upright. In this instance, foals under three months should receive Foal Assist, those between three and six months should be introduced to Stud Balancer in place of Foal Assist, and the diet of youngsters over six months should contain Stud Balancer, or an increased level of Stud Balancer.
If the growth curve is very flat, the energy content of the foal’s diet may need to be increased. Foals under three months of age should be fed Foal Creep Pellets, and those over three months should be given Stud Cubes or Stud Mix to increase the calorific content of their diet.
To Use The Growth Monitoring Chart
Establish the weight of the youngster using either a weightape (available on request from Baileys) or weigh bridge.
Plot the weight of the youngster corresponding to its age on the chart (measurements can be taken at 2 or 4 week intervals)
The coloured bands relate to anticipated mature bodyweight which can be estimated based on the actual or estimated bodyweight of the dam and/or sire. A guide to mature bodyweights for a variety of breeds and types of horses is given below.
Purple 440-660 lbs / 200-300kg Miniatures, Shetlands
Blue 660-880 lbs / 300-400kg Riding/Showing/Native ponies
Green 880-1100 lbs / 400-500kg Flat Thoroughbreds, Arabs, Hacks
Yellow 1100-1320 lbs / 500-600kg NH Thoroughbreds, Cobs, Hunters
Pink 1320-1540 lbs / 600-700kg Irish Draught, Warmbloods
Red 1540 + lbs / 700 + kg Heavy horses
Coloured bands on the Growth Monitoring Chart correspond to the coloured columns on the feeding charts in the Baileys Complete Range and Stud Range brochures, helping you work out how much of the relevant product to feed according bodyweight and physiological status.
GET A COPY OF THE GROWTH MONITORING CHART
Download Baileys Growth Monitoring Chart now (using Acrobat Reader) to print for yourself – simply click on the links below, depending on whether you prefer to work in pounds (lbs) or kilos (kgs).
Services From Baileys
Baileys advocate a Total Balanced Ration feeding regime with the concentrates fed complementing the nutritional value of forage. To establish nutrient levels in forage and pastures, Baileys offer a forage analysis service supported by free no obligation feed advice from our team of qualified nutritionists. To take advantage of either of these complimentary services, simply e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org