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Preparing Mares for Breeding Season - nutrition

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Michele
Posted on Monday, February 24, 2003 - 12:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hello everyone!

We are planning to start breeding our mares in late April/03. Would you recommend any vitamin supplements that would help them "get ready" for the breeding season. I am told that beta-carotene is supposed to help.

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Pat Wiles
Nursing Foal
Username: Tajsultani

Post Number: 20
Registered: 06-2005
Posted on Tuesday, June 07, 2005 - 09:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Be VERY careful with vitamins and supplements - a little goes a long way. You can literally poison them with too much. Most mares don't need anything at the beginning besides good hay and feed. You don't want them in fat condition - mares tend to conceive faster if they are in a gaining condition (don't make them skinny!! Just don't want them obese.) Sometimes supplements are needed in the last 3 months and on, if the feed/hay is average quality. Best to talk to your vet - show him what you are feeding, he could then tell you if you need to balance something.



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