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post #1 of 24 Old 03-12-2013, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Keeping weight on a Pregnant mare

My Arabian mare Blacklady Charabi is going to foal sometime next month.
She is 14 hands and when not pregnant only weighs about 900 pounds.
I feed her Omolene 300 3 1/2 scoops a day plus I add more Amplify pellets at about cup a day. She has good quality coastal hay and the spring grass is growing well here .
I have noticed that her spine is starting to show . She was bred April 30th of last year. She is starting to bag up.
When she had her last foal she lost condition also about this time in her pregnancy. I was hoping to avoid it this time around.
I started separating her from the mares she is with because they all dominate her and steal part of her grain. She has been wormed last month and regularly since I purchased her 2 years ago.
I understand that foal is growing and the bag she is making might be draining her some. I now feed her 3 times a day instead of 2 and feed her separately.
The other 2 mares that were bred at the same time are doing fine in fact one is overweight and I have reduced her ration a bit.
Any suggestions that might halt this at 3 weeks to go? Shalom
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post #2 of 24 Old 03-12-2013, 10:58 PM
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Omolene 300 has very low fat and high protein. 16:6. We feed our broodmares a 12:10 (closer to the Ultium Growth). Without the fat to help store energy, the protein goes to waste. Our mares get a 1 full scoop of 12:10, coastal hay 3x a day, and a flake of alfalfa at night. All are in wonderful condition.

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Do you have alfalfa available? I'd put her on alfalfa hay asap.
I don't know the Omolene 300, but im sure there are better mare&foal feeds out there.
Apart from that, there are mares who put all feed in the foal, no matter what you feed, and others who keep everything and have tiny little foals.
If you can keep her separately, that should help already
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Db how much are you feeding her of the omolene by weight? That feed is designed to be fed on a by weight ratio rather than by the scoop
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NDappy she is getting over 10 pounds a day a fifty pound bag for the three pregnant mares last only a day and a half. I open at least 5 bags a week just for the three of them during their last trimester.
I will start adding some alfalfa pellets to her ration again while feeding her separately. I am against feeding too much grain and if she cannot keep her condition up will not be using her again for breeding. I demand that all my mares be easy keepers and have good hard feet along with other requirements before breeding them.
She has access to a roundbale 24/7 and since the grass is growing now they do not spend all day at the round bale. We have clover starting to grow again and in the next week or two should be able to stop feeding hay. Shalom
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Something that we do is introduce vegetable oil, as it is pure fat and is good for their coat! makes it nice and shiny :) Only thing is too much too soon can give them loose stools...

Also beet pulp feeds are good, like speedi beet or maxi soy. It comes in the packet as a dehydrated mix (so a bag lasts quite a while), and you add 5 times the amount of water to it (e.g 1 cup speedi beet to 5 cups water) and the speedi beet soaks it all up and increases in size. Therefore it is really important to soak it before mixing it into the feed, if you don't it could expand in their stomach, and the stomach lining can rupture.

I was mostly giving it to my horse to help calm him down in early spring, as it can help absorb excess sugar (makes it good as a laminitis preventer). While it did calm him down, he gained sooo much weight! and he wasn't getting a huge amount either.

I'm not sure what the American version of the speedi beet is sorry, but I'm pretty sure that it is imported into Australia. Hope this helps
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I use vegetable oil--prior to foaling she was consuming as much as a liter a day. That has been dropped back to about 2 cups/day now that the foal is out and her weight is maintaining.

She's a draft...
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Ya need fat to get fat! I'd put her on a high fat feed or give her oil along with a ration balancer
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DB, if she weighs 900# when she's open, with a foal I'm going to say she's probably at appx 1100#, so according to the label on the Omolene 300, she should be getting almost 15#/day, that's their recommendation for a 1200 lb horse. Since she's already lost weight/condition, I'd up her Omolene a couple of pounds per feeding and add some alfalfa pellets or cubes on the side.
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You should keep broodmares in moderately fleshy condition before they get pregnant, but it is too late for that...I always had good luck using alfalfa cubes as a supplement. You don't want to switch her to alfalfa hay if she has been on bermuda, but alfalfa is a good supplement. I haven't used pellets, but suppose they would work as well as cubes. If you do try cubes, be sure to get the ones without the clay binder - they are too hard and can cause them to choke and you don't want to be having to mess around with soaking the hard cubes.

Also, monitor her tail head rather than her spine to evaluate her condition...the extra weight of the pregnancy can sometimes stretch the skin down at the spine and make it appear more prominent even if there is good flesh there - particularly on Arabs as they are narrower and don't have a wide flat back like a QH...
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