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Giving silage to pregnant mares

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Kayla Meeks
Neonate
Username: Kccmm1

Post Number: 1
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Monday, December 08, 2008 - 07:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Can you give silage to pregnant mares? I have an Arabian mare that I got from my boss, cuz his daughter that had them died in a plane crash, but I don't know that much on her history and she is a really good riding horse and I bred her this year back in July on the 24th. This will be MY first foal(im 15), but my parents have bred one of their mares(we still have her) way back when she was younger like 4 times I wanna say, so they have a little bit of experience with foaling. But now we are working for this farmer and feeding his cattle and we chopped some silage, and my dad fed it to our horses last year and is doing it again this year. I was told by some people that you are not supposed to give silage to horses cuz they are not cud-chewing animals. So, my question is can you give it to pregnant mares? What are the risks?
 

Bobbi Govro
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Hh_farms

Post Number: 1088
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Tuesday, December 09, 2008 - 10:53 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kayla: I would say most definately NOT. I wouldn't dare feed silage to my non-prego horses; yikes...certainly not to a prego mare.

You are absolutely right...(as we raise cattle too) silage is not for horses. In my opinion, the risk of silage is extremely high for serious consequences.
 

Kayla Meeks
Neonate
Username: Kccmm1

Post Number: 2
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Tuesday, December 09, 2008 - 08:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ok, Thank you!
 

Bobbi Govro
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Hh_farms

Post Number: 1096
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 01:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You're very welcome. I don't know where you live in terms of area, but you would be so much better off trying to obtain a good mixed grass hay for your horses. Its been a better year for us "farmers" in getting good quality hay and thank goodness, is much more plentiful than last year where you almost had to "mortgage the farm to buy the hay". Good luck Kayla and everyone on this board are great people to help suggest any help you may need.
 

Kayla Meeks
Neonate
Username: Kccmm1

Post Number: 3
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Friday, December 12, 2008 - 06:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I live in IA, around Belle Plaine. Our 1st crop hay has a mix of grass in it. Hay was outrageous last year.



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