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Trimesters and change of food

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dorthyinoz
Posted From: 129.100.181.209
Posted on Monday, October 04, 2004 - 01:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

when do the different trimesters occur? Also, what do you change a horses food to during the different trimesters? thanks
 

horselady
Posted From: 67.70.70.197
Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - 10:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have been getting different opinions on food for my mare. She is 5 1/2 months pregnant and I just bought her. One breeder tells me not to supplement with anything until her last trimester, another tells me to feed blueseal Mare in Foal, and another tells me just to supplement her diet of grass and hay. Any other opinons or anyone know of a website that would give me that information?
 

Sandy
Posted From: 4.227.133.79
Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - 12:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I personally do not supplement the mare with anything until her last 3 months of pregnancy. And I will just supplement with a good quality 10% protein grain.
You don't need to worry about changing their feed to different things during the different phases of pregnancy. The only thing I change is the amount of feed. I also make sure they have access to a good trace mineral block.
 

horselady
Posted From: 67.70.70.197
Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - 01:03 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Sandy;

OK thanks Sandy. I just wanted to be sure I wasnt depriving her of anything she should have. The lady who had her was giving her all kinds of stuff from epsom salts to calcium to extra E and selenium... I was thinking maybe I should be supplementing with something.
 

Liz Hardy
Posted From: 205.188.116.13
Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - 09:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Horselady .. If your mare is in good wght I would not worry.. If she needs grain you could get by with a quality 10-14% OMelene..

Talk with your vet about what he recommends... I had my mare on 10% Omelene til she was about 7 months then changed her to 14 % and then to 16 % when she was about a month from delivery and kept her on 16% til the foal was weaned...

Each mare is different.. You need to meet the mare's and developing foals nutritional needs but you do not want a fat mare either... KNow this th fetus like any fetus is selfish it will have what it needs even at the expense of the mare

It is hard to advise anyone on feeding over a forum without seeing the mare's current condition..

If you are worried she may not be getting enough.. then have a disucssion with your vet..

Good luck on the coming baby
 

horselady
Posted From: 67.70.70.197
Posted on Wednesday, December 01, 2004 - 07:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Liz: She looks great. Shes fit and not too fat, or too thin. Shes my first horse and this will be my first baby, so I want to be sure I am doing the right things for her and the foal. My vet said she didnt need anything until the last 3 months but I wanted to check as others I know are supplementing once they know their mare is pregnant. Maybe I will compromise and feed her some good grain on top of the hay and see how she does. :-)



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