When I decided to go down the baby horse road I really didn’t know how much I didn’t know. I knew that the nutrition of a young horse was different in ways but never had to worry too much about it because my horses have always been 3+ when they came into my life. Well I have been kicked out of the comfort zone with Luna. I am pretty sure I am annoying the bejesus out of my knowledgeable friends with stupid baby questions. I imagine this like a toned down version of what it is like trying to keep a tiny human alive and healthy? Except horses are more self sufficient when left to their own devices. Thank the lort for no changing of diapers! One of the biggest learning curves has been the proper feeding/ nutrition. Balancing what a young horse eats is really important to make sure that they mature properly. Over feeding can lead to too much sugar and starch which could impact cartilage development. You also have to make sure that whatever you feed provides adequate protein, vitamin, and mineral content. Luna has access to great pasture and quality hay all the time so we have her on a ration balancer (Essential K) by Tribute to make sure she gets all of the other essentials. The goal is to promote slow and steady growth. I am going to continue to do more research but the common theme I am seeing is don’t feed them too much of the wrong thing and too little of the stuff they actually need. Duh right?I am sure there are about a million different perspectives on how to feed a young horse but I would definitely be interested to hear what others of you have done when you have had horses between weanling-2yo.