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post #1 of 28 Old 10-10-2013, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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Broodmare Feed Suggestions?

So as some of you know, I purchased a mare in February who, as it turns out, is pregnant. She's just shy of 8 months along now, so I wanted to get her slowly started on a grain specifically designed for broodmares to make sure she gets all of the dietary supplements she needs in this final trimester.

I've seen a few out there, but as I've never bred before, I don't really know how any of them fair in comparison with each other. So for those of you regular breeders, what grain do you use and why?

She's just been out on pasture (with access to a nice coastal round bale at all times) up to this point and my vet said she'd be fine on pasture as long as it lasts, but since she's due in the middle of winter, I figure our pasture is going to be pretty sad by then. I plan on leaving her in the pasture right up until she's due but just pulling her out and feeding daily.

* And in case it is relevant. She is an 18h Shire. I'd rank her around a 5 on body condition out of 9.

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post #2 of 28 Old 10-10-2013, 01:58 PM
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We normally only feed 2 cups 2x times a day to our horses. For pregnant mares, starting at month 8, we ramp up 1/2 cup per feeding until we reach 2x the normal. We don't change feeds (a 10-12% protein performance mix from our local mill) and we continue feeding free choice hay.
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post #3 of 28 Old 10-14-2013, 08:36 PM
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Omolene 300 is a wonderful feed and is formulated for pregnant mares and lactating ones. You can also buy a complete feed or local mare and foal feed and add the Amplify nuggets from Purina.
I have fed a complete senior feed also with good results. Shalom
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dang, I didn't even know Omolene 300 was a mare & foal. Now more to look into.
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I LOVE Omolene 300 for my preggos!
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I've had mine on Omolene 300, but I prefer Ultium Growth overall. I've had better results with Growth.
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interesting, I'm not much a fan of the regular Ultium, but I did see their growth formula. I've had my eye on Nutrena's Safe Choice Mare & Foal, but I don't personally know anyone who's used it.
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A local feed mill produces a product similar to omolene 300. They copied the ingredients just not the same amounts. It sells for 12 dollars instead of 18 with a mare that size you might want to buy the Amplifiy nuggets in a 50 pound bag and add it to a cheaper mare and foal designed feed.
I can't even imagine what a draft mare would need.
I had a mare that was losing condition in her last 6 weeks of pregnancy. I fed her Omolene 300 and had good results in fact she gained weight.
There are cheaper ways to do it.
However the foals that were born this year and have been on Omolene 300 since the mares last trimester are growing and developing very well. All are taller than their earlier siblings at the same age.
That sold me on the product but with 5 mares in foal for next year my cost are going to increase .
Good luck. Shalom
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After a lot of years of experimenting, I decided I'd rather pay a big feed bill rather than a vet bill or to try to sell stunted foals. I tend to put them on the 300 in their 9th month and keep them on it until weaning when I put the foal on the Ultium Growth. It's worked out really well for me so far.
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I have yet to try Ultium Growth.
But I think when I wean these three freeloaders of mine I might purchase some.
I intended to keep them on Omolene 300 then switch to Equine Jr. However if
Dreamcatcher recommends it I will try it.
One of the mare owners that bred to Star last year has found the cheaper feed at the local mill with Amplify has worked well for her.
She swears by it and with the current economy some people need to find cheaper alternatives.
The rest of mine are on the local feed except the yearlings and two year olds. They are fed Equine Jr. Shalom
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