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post #11 of 24 Old 03-13-2013, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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She was in good condition before being bred and until just recently. I do suspect since she is so finely built that the foal may be weighing her down. I bought alfalfa pellets today and will increase her feed to 4 scoops a day. I recently moved her and now she and 4 other mares are in a smaller 10 acre pasture next to the house. She may be driven off her feed before she finishes.
Without Jesus and Miquel here the feeding of 14 horses has been my sole repsonsibility. So I havent been watching closely while she is feeding.
Do you think that rice bran oil and the amplify in the Omolene 300 will cause any problems. Or vegetable oil for that matter. Thanks for the comments. Shalom
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She was in good condition before being bred and until just recently. I do suspect since she is so finely built that the foal may be weighing her down. I bought alfalfa pellets today and will increase her feed to 4 scoops a day. I recently moved her and now she and 4 other mares are in a smaller 10 acre pasture next to the house. She may be driven off her feed before she finishes.
Without Jesus and Miquel here the feeding of 14 horses has been my sole repsonsibility. So I havent been watching closely while she is feeding.
Do you think that rice bran oil and the amplify in the Omolene 300 will cause any problems. Or vegetable oil for that matter. Thanks for the comments. Shalom
I can't see oil causing any problems at all, unless she gets too much at once and ends up with loose stools. That's more messy than a real problem but if you start her out with a small amount and increase slowly it should be ok. I'd be inclined to stick with increasing her 300 and adding a couple of scoops of alfalfa pellets first and see how she does, then add oil once she's used to that. I hate when one of my mares gets out of condition during the late stages of their pregnancy, it can play hell to get them back before the foal is weaned.
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Do you have the Step Right program down there?
What an amazing feed supplement.

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WSarabians forgive my ignorance but what is the Step right Program?
I do have rice bran in the powdered form that I was adding to her rations. When I started adding the extra Amplify I stopped.
Oil and alfalfa it is probably going to be. Shalom
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db, sorry for the hi-jack but I'm also curious as to what the Step Right program is (I'll do an internet search too). I have a very easy keeping mare who I'll be breeding this spring, but want to learn all I can about appropriate diet/supplements for her pregnancy.
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It's a feed made by ProForm.
Part near a miracle worker, I swear. I'll never go back from using this stuff. I saw a REMARKABLE difference just a week with weight gain - I used a combination of Step 8, Step 6, and Step 4.

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We had the same problems with Foxy - she's a TB and we struggles with her weight from the off - she'd seemingly drop it overnight!

We had a combination of things we were feeding her and then a friend suggested sugarbeet (possibly the same as speedy beat mentioned previously) - that has been our saviour! Also, I give her a bit of corn oil with each feed - not sure if that makes any difference, but it can't do her joints any harm!

Our vet has also suggested giving her Stud Mix in the last month to help with her milk production so that goes in too! It's the first time since we got her that she's held her weight - and we're so pleased as we were worried coming into the last month (now overdue) of being in foal that it'd take it's toll and she'd drop her weight again. We introduced everything gradually, over about a week and she had no adverse affects at all - she just hoovers up anything and everything in front of her!

She also has unlimited haylage - she's currently getting through about 4 large hay nets a day - and when the weathers good (which it hasn't been this last week), she grazes outside. Xx

But my award goes to sugarbeet (and in the UK it's about £7-£8 for a 25 kilo bag which is lasting us about 3 weeks as it swells (a lot) when soaked, so cheap too.
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We do have beet pulp at the local feed store.
When she dropped weight during her last pregnancy she still produced a lot of milk. That I am not too worried about.
I will try the alfalfa pellets added to her Omolene ration.
I just read the back of the bag of Amplify. It is 30% fat. Thinking of increasing that to a cup each of the 3 feedings . Along with the alfalfa pellets that might get her back in good flesh.
The vet is coming out tomorrow to give a couple of horses their annual shots so I will have him check her. Shalom
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the vet was out today and looked at Lady. We discussed her feeding and condition. He agreed that she needs more fat and liked the amplify that I am adding. She is losing condition as she is making her bag it seems and with the rapid growth of the foal. I just hate to see any ribs or any signs of poor nutrition. This is not uncommon with mares in their last weeks of pregnancy.
Just wish I had caught it sooner. Shalom
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Don't fret over it - somehow I don't think you will let her get too thin. Just don't breed her back too soon before she recovers, and if you have to you can always wean a little early, although that probably won't really be necessary. The stupid foal will probably be fat as a pig...
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