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Thinning mare

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Diana Dolan
Neonate
Username: Dee0926

Post Number: 5
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Sunday, April 08, 2007 - 08:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My appaloosa mare foaled about 4 weeks ago. Everything seems to be going well except she has lost a lot of weight. The baby is growing and nursing and they are all eating well. But grazing here in SW Fla isn't to good right now (or ever) because it's really dry. I feed T&A and 12% feed plus a milk plus supp. to all the horses. Should she lose so much weight when nursing? Her hips are starting to show. Just starting to concern me a little.
 

Colleen Beck
Breeding Stock
Username: Gypsycreations

Post Number: 112
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Sunday, April 08, 2007 - 10:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Some do and some don't. I use senior feed with corn oil on top - about a half a cup per feeding. Adds calories and gives them a good shine to their coat!
 

Dianne Edwards
Breeding Stock
Username: Mamaedwards

Post Number: 265
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 02:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mare that foaled last year lost alot of weight in the first 6 weeks, I added weight builder to her feed twice daily, lots of hay. We also feed manna to our other horses during winter when hay was in short supply.
 

cathy Cook
Breeding Stock
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 184
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 07:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

How old is your mare? I ask that because foals tend to pull a lot more off of an older mare so you would have to tweak your feed to perhaps a senior feed and add more hay and suplements.
 

JANE OLNEY
Breeding Stock
Username: Shotsnurse1

Post Number: 124
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 10:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I feed 1% body weight Omalene 300 mare and foal. Also as much hay as she wants. This has helped.
 

Leia
Weanling
Username: Leia

Post Number: 35
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 03:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jane ~ do you feed alfalfa or grass hay? just curious....
 

Diana Dolan
Neonate
Username: Dee0926

Post Number: 6
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 04:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mare is 13 and we feed a nutrena feed. I can't just let her graze because we have no grass right now. I live in Southwest Florida. We pay 12.00 to 13.00 a bale for T&A. I was thinking of putting out a big roll of coastal hay just so they have something to munch on during the day and give them the better hay at feeding times but I'm worried about colic we have lots of sand. I haven't talked to the vet about this yet. I'm thinking more hay might be needed. I might look into a better supplement feed than what I'm using and add the corn oil too just until she starts to look better. Thanks for the suggestions
 

JANE OLNEY
Breeding Stock
Username: Shotsnurse1

Post Number: 126
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 07:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My hay is timothy with scant alpha in it. I did give Mom some alpha cubes soaked in hot h20, along with her feed for a while this winter. The hay I have now is mostly grass with a bunch of weeds! I just give hay 3 times daily along with 1% body weight 16% grain. Baby will be getting weaned soon....
 

cathy Cook
Breeding Stock
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 188
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 07:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jane, how old is your foal, it is very early to wean, that of extremely late. I have everything weaned by October.
 

Mood Swings
Yearling
Username: Mood_swings

Post Number: 59
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 10:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The nursing foal is extremely hard on a mare . . . calorie wise that is. We feed Purina line feeds to all of our TB broodmares. It is formulated for pregnant mares and nursing foals.
Quick summary (approx)- 16% Protein, 7% Fat, 14% fibre, it is balanced in vit. and min. and the *minimum* amount recommended for a nursing mare is approx 4kg - 8.8 lbs (for a 1000lb mare). If your mare is dropping weight she probably is not getting enough calories to meet the growing demands of the foal (unless of course there is an underlying medical problem causing the weight loss), this can be detrimental to the foal as well as the mare. I would talk to a feed rep in your area and find something that is balanced and geared towards a mare and foal. Buckeye is EXCELLENT if it is available to you. Good luck with your momma :-)
 

JANE OLNEY
Breeding Stock
Username: Shotsnurse1

Post Number: 127
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 07:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cathy-He was born Dec 9th. Mom is getting her tail eaten off! My daughter needs to start preparing for equestrian team and 4-h. Mom goes to an equestrian team meeting tonight for 2 hours. Baby is ready...He eats his grain by himself in the barn isle twice daily. I usually leave him separated for an hour or so at that time. My thoughts were to board Mom so that my daughter has a good place to ride, maybe starting in May or so. My place is all about fun and trailrides, no formal areas with good footing to learn to ride correctly. That would be a weaning at 4 1/2 mos-5 mos. Still too early? He has a gelding buddy here still.
 

cathy Cook
Breeding Stock
Username: Razmacat

Post Number: 190
Registered: 08-2005
Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 08:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

No that is a good weaning time I was just assuming it was after Jan 1st which is when most foalings occur.



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