Hi Dr. Beebe, I have a 7 mo. old Arabian colt that I have been battling physitis with for about three or four months now. He was the most muscled, straping foal of the bunch this spring and he developed it at 3 mos of age. We started feeding him separately from mom immediately and then weaned him at 4 mos. to get a better handle on his diet. Per my vet’s advice, we cut out most of the grain and fed grass hay and supplemented him with Platinum Performance. This diet only resulted in him getting a giant hay belly, ribby over his topline and depressed… with slim improvement in his joints. Last month I started increasing the grain again because he looked so bad. I want to slow him down not stunt him… He’s currently eating 1 lb/100 wt. of 14% protein, 10% fat extruded grain nuggets with the Platinum Performance and grass hay. I have succeeded in getting the weight back over his topline while still lean over his ribs. I seem to have his overall growth slowed down a bit but still there is still little visual improvement in his fetlocks.
For turnout he spends about 6 hours/day about 5 days per week outside. I’ve gotten a lot of conflicting advice on the turnout and protein requirements and feeding in general for this little guy. He has not been noticeably lame and his legs are otherwise quite straight and good with quite a bit of bone for an Arab baby. Am I expecting too much too fast? Will the OCD Pellets help where Platinum Performance falls short? What do you recommend for these types of foals?
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