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Laminitic Broodmare Feeding

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marilyn kennedy
Neonate
Username: Marilyn

Post Number: 1
Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 07:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Last year I ended up with a mare that had foundered post foaling several years prior. She is a unilateral laminitic mare. She has had a couple foals since the laminitis originally occured, but we cannot locate the person who owned and bred her back then. So we are "on our own" at this point with her, with no previous information.

I have a great farrier who is helping her from the shoeing aspect, but now I'm wanting to make sure our feeding program for her is appropriate. I don't want her to gain unnecessary weight, but I want mare and foal to have adequate nutrition, prevent any colic and anything else that might result in foundering.

Vets simply say, "don't let her gain too much weight", and even Googling doesn't give me feeding information on a laminitic mare in foal.

She's a warmblood, so I'm need to be careful of too much protein and the Ca:Pa balance. She's about 180 days in her pregnancy right now, and she's getting 1/2 oat hay, 1/2 alfalfa (about a grade 2 with lower protein content).

Anyone else who has dealt with this have some much needed advice for me?

Thank you !
 

Sharon Malmberg
Breeding Stock
Username: Ryu2832

Post Number: 163
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 10:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mare Ruby had chronic low grade laminitis when she was preggers.

She is a hard keeping TB, so she is getting way more calories that your girl. She is currently open and getting 8lbs of Omegatin and 2% body weight in grass/10% clover hay.

But the key to her was to take her off of all the alfalfa and switching her concentrates to the lowest NSC (low sugar/low starch) I could get.

I think that Oat hay can be very high NSC as well. Have you had the hay tested? I would try to get some grass hay and see if that doesn't help her out. You can buy a calcium supplement to balance out the phosphorous, and feed it in a little beet pulp (no molasses).

She hasn't had a lame step in almost a year now, and the farrier says you can't tell she ever had any problems.
 

Sharon Malmberg
Breeding Stock
Username: Ryu2832

Post Number: 164
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Monday, February 05, 2007 - 10:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I found this article:
http://www.safergrass.org/full%20articles/JEVS8-05.pdf



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