Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Larose, Louisiana
Questions 8 mo old filly Pics
Hi, all. It's been a while since I was on here but I have some questions for any horse experts out there.
I was just informed last night that my Godfather was giving me his 8 month old palomino filly (pics added). I haven't seen the lass since she was 2 days old but I found out that her dam sickened and died (old age and the winter was rather harsh). I don't have recent pictures of her yet. I'll see them this weekend.
So this little gal is 8 months old and orphaned. My Godfather said that the grass is having trouble growing because of the rain (the horses are turning the ground to muck) but his herd has been thinned out and they are going block off half the pasture to let the other half dry and the grass grow. So as soon as spring kicks in good, there will be an abundance of grass and fewer horses to compete for it. He is also selling some of the others. He was going to auction the filly but when I offered to buy one of the horses, he refused to let me pay for one and gave me the filly. He said he wouldn't get more than $25 for her anyway because she's so young.
Here's my problem. I can't see her until this weekend. I'm a student teacher and she's staying back in my hometown. Parran said she's eating what little grass there is and hay, but she's skinny. Should I buy her some supplements in addition to the hay I plan to haul down there for her? If so, what kind of supplements? Does she need to be on some sort of milk replacer at 8 mo just to supplement the grass and hay? I think he feeds them some sweet feed or grain but I'm not sure.
Thanks ahead of time for the info.
I'm thinking of naming her Belle Liberté (Beautiful Freedom). She was born on the 4th of July.