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jo - tremellenjo@hotmail.com (Guest)
21-11-01, 02:39 PM
does anyone know of a more economical way to raise orphan foals other than on Wombaroo - I am currently raising an orphan foal which i have had since it was 3 days old - it is now 5 weeks old and has already cost me over $600.00 in wombaroo - the vet has told me i will need to keep feeding him until he is 3 months old - this works out to an $1800 foal and we don't know what he will end up like - I would also like to hear from people who have had experiences with raising orphan foals - I am really enjoying it although i feel like a bit of a sucker - saying yes to a foal to save its life might cost me my marriage if i dont stop spending so much time and money on it!!!

Vk (Guest)
22-11-01, 04:23 AM
Hi Jo
I raised my orphaned shetland foal on Divetalact (sp) which worked really well. I'm not sure if it any cheaper but it might be worth a look. I also know of some people who raised a brumby foal on normal calf milk replacer eg Denkavit or similar, without any ill effects. It is a lot cheaper than specialist replacers, but I'm not sure if they are designed with horses in mind. Also introduce some hard feed soon, this will help with weight gain and eventually you can reduce the amount of milk you are feeding.
Hope this helps
Let us know how you get on

Telly (Guest)
30-11-01, 03:56 PM
I am currently raising a 16 day old been orphaned since 5 days.
I use full fat milk 1 level cup, 3 cups water, 1 cup lime water.1 tablespoon dexhose. She is on this feed four times a day and none through the night. There is a full bucket of water available at all times, full hay net and plenty of creep feed.
I have raised nine orphans this way over the years and have never lost one or any sleep over them.

Lis (Guest)
02-12-01, 05:17 PM
Talk to your Stock and Station agent or your feed store. They should have suitable alternatives for you.
Or invest in a nanny goat.

welshie from gg (Guest)
07-12-01, 11:11 AM
hi there buy a nanny goat and feed your orphen babies goats milk. so long as they can get the colotsrum b4 you start feeding them its wonderful. scientific studys show goats milk is one of the best nutritional milks available to orphan animals. a friend of mine has used goats milk on her foals and they grow up big fat strong and healthy.
hope everyones babys are doing good

Peter J. (Guest)
08-12-01, 05:22 AM
Go visit Cyberfoal.com,I started Cyberfoal to help owners such as you,

15-01-02, 10:47 AM
I have raised an orphan TB filly but she lost her mum at 8 weeks old so my experience is a little different. She would never take formula although I tried Wombaroo (and still have a huge bag full). The only thing she would eat was lucerne hay or lucerne chaff for about two weeks, then she went on to Mitavite Breeda and Mare and Foal mix and tons of it. I just basically kept food in front of her all the time. We tried two fosterings but no success and eventually she was "fostered" by my old gelding and he was great with her. She is now 2 and a half and is good to handle and no different to our other youngsters. I was warned not to "baby" her but to treat her like all the others. She is going off to be broken in in a few months and she is very strong and healthy. My vet had no problem with going straight to hard feed at 8 weeks, especially since trying to make her have the formula was causing so much stress.
All the best with your baby, don't give up ... these little ones are so special and they have such a fighting spirit!

MANDY (Guest)
20-03-02, 02:52 PM
I handraised an orphan foal a couple of years ago - getting up every four hours to feed her, going through a hernia operation and finally after six months, sent her back to her owners. She is now a healthy race horse. It is very expensive buying foal formula, I used a formula called 'divetelact'. After a few months I started to introduce her to the calf formula 'denkavit', gradually mixing the two powders together until she was finally on straight denkavit. As she grew I introduced her to a hard feed called Hi
Gain Grow Torque which is full of everything a growing horse needs. Good Luck, I know it's a tiring job but it's also very rewarding knowing that this foal would not have made it without you.

Tara (Guest)
27-11-02, 07:58 AM
A few years ago I successfully raised an American Saddle Bred colt foal who was only 2 days old. On the vets advice I fed him half skim milk powder and half calf pab (mixed according to instructions) added glucose and a multi vit. He wasn't to happy to have a bottle but was easy to let drink straight out of the bucket. This also took less time which was good as he was being fed every 4 hours and the quicker the better at 2.00am. He grew up big and strong . I then sold him and he is now standing at stud. Cheers TARA

Same Boat! (Guest)
27-11-02, 08:47 AM
I am also feeding an orphan foal and it isnt cheap so I sympathise.First off I fed the divetelact which is horrendously expensive($330 for 20 kilo) then the Wombaroo which is an excellent milk replacer but again is over the $120 mark for 12 kilo.Now my foal is over the 6 week old stage I've changed him to Denkavit(calf milk Replacer) which is about $90 a bag.He's also started eating hard feed which make things easier.He seems to be doing fine on the Denkavit which I gradually mixed with the Wombaroo before completely changing him over.
He's getting goodies in his feed and I've cut the milk feeds to 3 per day instead of every 4 hours.Water is available at all times.Not once has my foal got the scours either.
Good Luck with your baby,be interested to hear an update at some time:)

Cheryl (Guest)
28-12-02, 12:31 PM
How much does a life really worth, we have an orphan as well and I am anticipating the cost too be at least $3000, knowing I have saved life is all the reward I need. We have pacers and spent a lot more than that for no return, one horse I can mention $10,000 and he went to the heavens but at least I know that I did the right thing by the horse while he was here with us.