Optimising the Development of the Growing Foal

There are a number of important considerations for optimal foal growth:

  • The broodmare ration is critically important, with studies demonstrating a relationship between broodmare nutrition and skeletal health and development of the foal;
  • Dietary balance is key – the feeding program should supply an appropriate balance of energy, protein, minerals and vitamins for optimal growth;
  • Pasture intake needs to be considered – with energy, protein and mineral levels varying at different times of the year;
  • Steady growth should be the goal to minimise the risk of developmental problems.

Our feeding programs focus on three key aspects of equine nutrition:

  1. The provision of fibre;
  2. The supply of high-quality nutrients to promote optimal health and development; and
  3. The provision of suitable energy feeds according to the horse’s body condition, growth rate and available pasture.

Example ration:


Other than pasture, suitable roughage sources might include lucerne chaff and lucerne/clover/rye/meadow hay



NourishEQ® STUD is a high-protein, concentrated premium balancer pellet that supplies added amino acids, a blend of over 25 vitamins and bone strengthening minerals (including organic trace minerals) and biotin.


Additional feed sources such as highly digestible cereal grains, added protein meals, vegetable oil or a suitable commercial mix may then be added according to body condition.


Controlling nutrient intake:

The addition of Nourish-EQ® STUD assists in controlling the intake of essential nutrients in the face of variation in pasture and other feed sources.  The high-quality protein meals and amino acids will promote muscle development and will assist in promoting optimal health and skeletal development when offered as part of a balanced ration.


For further information, please contact us at [email protected].