Can someone please let me know if they have faced this. We bought a mare and found out that she was pregnant. Our problem is that she is overweight and due in April. The vet suggested that we didn't need to feed her any grain. This seems to be very drastic, I know if I over feed her I can encourage her to founder, and that is something we do not want to do. If anyone has any suggestions on how best to feed her I would be really greatful.
Tracy, Look into a "ration balancer". Check into progrssive, nutrena, tdi, tizwhiz, buckeye, purina...most or all of these manufacturers have a ration balancer of sorts. Each of these manufacturers have websites you can access for more information.
RB's have all the nutrients, minerals, etc that are necessary...and you can feed a fraction of what is required of typical feeds. They are normally fed with free choice hay. The last few months of gestation is not the time to skimp on nutrition... granted, don't want to overfeed her...but she needs the minimum nutrients for her growing foal, and then lactation post foaling.
How overweight are we talking about? Is there an immediate medical concern associated with the weight? What and how much (in lbs is she being fed?
At this point in the pregnancy I would avoid severly restricting her calories, it could endanger the pregnancy. From what I have read, while it is not ideal for fertility, an overweight mare does not have a statistically increased risk for birthing complications.
I agree free choice hay, and make sure she is getting her viatmins and minerals. I would wait to put her on a weightloss program until she foals out. The foal will help you out then.
ditto on what sharon said....more eloquent than I...
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