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Nutrition and weight gain

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Karma Taylor
Neonate
Username: Karmaanais

Post Number: 2
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Monday, October 20, 2008 - 11:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mare is 5mos along and when I bought her she was thought to be open, so the pregnancy has been a bit of a surprise.

She is on pasture board with good grass pasture and supplemental grain feeding at this point. She was very thin when I bought her in May, but has gained weight well. She is probably a body score 6 at this point. I am occasionally concerned about her nutrition, but by looking at her coat and weight she is the picture of health, so is pasture and supplemental grain feeding enough, is it the right nutrition?

I understand that in the last 2/3 months that her feed needs will increase, but what about in this second trimester time? I don't really want to see her put on any more weight at this point. She has just been started under saddle and I would like to keep riding as long as the girth will fit her ;-)

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Jenni Luttrell
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Bugrace2000

Post Number: 1593
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Monday, October 20, 2008 - 11:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If shes doing good with this keep at it andd just increase the last 2-3 months unless she starts to fall off i say stick with what your doing



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