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Lactating mare's diet-she's getting overweight

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Cjskip
Breeding Stock
Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 595
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Monday, June 02, 2008 - 02:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My QH mare eats free choice alfalfa and about 8 pounds of grain a day. Her colt is a month old. The mare is a very easy keeper and never over ate alfalfa before she got heavily pregnant. I was even worried she didn't eat enough until the last month or so of her pregnancy.

Now, you cannot see the outline of her ribs at all and she is losing her whithers. In short, she is getting fat!

I don't know how to cut down on her food and still give the baby what he needs. I bought foal lac, but he doesn't notice it. I tried feeding less alfalfa and adding forage hay, but my mare will not touch the forage hay. Any ideas?
 

Kay B. Jones,Nova born 2/24
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Username: Kaybjones

Post Number: 250
Registered: 03-2007
Posted on Monday, June 02, 2008 - 11:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Mine also has a huge grass belly. almost looks like she's 8-9 months pregnant. My baby is 3 1/2 months old and eating Strategy well. I have been cutting momma's Strategy but she is still huge. She grazes in a big pasture 12 hours a day and in a small pasture the other 12. No hay cuz she has quite a bit of grass right now. Also need hints about when and how to wean. She is starting to kick out at Nova sometimes when nursing. He is separating himself more and more. He is nice and fat too.
 

Cjskip
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Username: Cjskip

Post Number: 599
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Monday, June 02, 2008 - 01:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sounds good Kay. Bet they love the grass! Does Strategy replace the need for alfalfa?

There are some really great suggestions about weaning. I don't recall the thread, but there is one about weaning.

What I remember is some people slowly seperate the two during feeding. The foal will be on the other side of the stall. They increase the time and little by little they get used to the seperation. Some take the mare for a ride and leave the foal, if their mare will tolerate it. At some point, they just don't put them together anymore.

Others just seperate them abruptly. I haven't had any real experience with this, so it will be an expereince for me. I will probably do the gradual thing though.

Glad your foal is doing so well though. 3 1/2 months already! Mine is a month old and can hardely believe it. Can you lead Nova and tie and all that?



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