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renee
Neonate
Username: Renee07

Post Number: 4
Registered: 02-2009
Posted on Monday, March 09, 2009 - 08:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mare is going to be breed early next month. I have started her on Nu-Life mare and Foal for extra immunity supplements. Does anyone have any advice on supplementing moms to be mares? Or does anyone know anything about Nu-Life? Thank you for your help
 

Diane Loveday
Yearling
Username: Dianeluv

Post Number: 61
Registered: 07-2007
Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 10:08 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Renee, Nu-Life seems hugly expensive!!

I am expecting my first foal from my maiden mare in the next 2-3 weeks. Like you I am extreemly excited and nervous. My research has shown me that mares do not need any "specialized" supplements untill the last three months if they are on a good quality hay and feed that is basicly ballenced in vitamin, minerals, probiotics ect. I feed Timmothy hay about 14-16 lbs per day, and Tripple Crown lite feed. My horses are Paints and easy keepers. For the last trimester I added Mare Plus (by Farnum) and alfalfa cubes for added calcium, protien and roughage.
She looks great! Body score is probably about 8-10. She is still very lively, taking an occasional run with my gelding around the pasture!! This has worked for me/her. Hope it helps.
 

renee
Neonate
Username: Renee07

Post Number: 6
Registered: 02-2009
Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 05:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yes thank you Diane and yes it is expensive but it comes in a 25lb container so hopefully it would last longer. Thank you for your insights i was just worried and didnt know if she would need extra vitamins. She is boarded and gets a 12% martindale feed, the other mares seem to do ok on it i just wanted to be sure since i do not feed her. Thank you for your help i wont worry to much until the last trimester.
 

Chris Taylor
Nursing Foal
Username: Galaxy

Post Number: 17
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 05:13 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

No supplememnts required at this stage unless blood tests disclose some imbalances. There is no food that will improve fertility, but the need for good selenium (Se) and Vit E levels is well documented, just have to be careful with the Se as there's not much difference between a therapeutic dose and a toxic dose. If you're worried about your mare get her blood tested and on her next oestrus get a pre-breeding exam done. Good luck with her.



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