How much do horses weigh? Horses are large animals, generally weighing anywhere from 800-2,000 pounds, depending on their breed. With being such a large animal, one may wonder: how much does a baby horse weigh?
Since foals grow so quickly, they require lots of nutritious food. For the first six to eight weeks of their life, foals will drink their mother’s milk. A mare will be producing an average of three gallons of milk a day.
A foal will be weaned from its mother at around five to six months of age. At this point, the average foal will weigh an average of 500-600 pounds. They will be eating approximately 2.5% of their body weight in grain and forage a day.
In order for a baby horse to be healthy, they need to be active. They should get daily exercise to maintain a good weight. However, it is important to not overwork a foal to the point of fatigue and shaking.
Foals are born to be able to stand up within an hour of being born. They need to be able to run within hours of being born, as they are a risk of being prey amongst wild animals. They are born with long legs in order to be active as soon as possible.