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        12-05-2012, 03:30 PM
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    Yearling
    Feeding a mum to be

    This is probably a bit stupid but my girly is at 218 and loosing a little weight so I have upped her food and changed what she is getting my concern is she is getting into her third trimester so I am worrying that having increased her feed instead of putting weight her the food will just make the foal bigger. Am I just being stupid or is this true?
         
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        12-05-2012, 03:36 PM
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    Teen Forum Moderator
    No, feeding her more if she looks thin should not made the foal bigger. The foal will be the size that the foal will be, no matter what you pump into her, unless she is malnourished. Then the foal might be malnourished because it isn't getting enough. Hopefully that makes sense?
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        12-05-2012, 03:38 PM
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    Green Broke
    Is this the same mare you had previously posted photos of that was looking rather large for the stage of pregnancy she was in?
         
        12-05-2012, 03:52 PM
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    Yearling
    Yes but she is slightly under weight and we are just getting into the worst on winter, Ediku that makes sense she is by no means malnourished so I don't need to worry about that I just don't want to make the foal bugger then it already is but I have been feeding her up, it was just something I was told.
         
        12-05-2012, 06:33 PM
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    Foal
    Yes, you do not want the mare to be underweight going into the largest time of foal growth and lactation.feed her whatever it takes to keep her at an optimal (or even a slightly chubby) weight. The foal needs the nutrients, it will not get too large
         

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