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post #1 of 4 Old 06-23-2011, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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Mare and Foal Diet Question

Without going into great detail, this is my question:
If a mare and foal both have a great body weight (chunky if anything), do they necessarily need a grain supplement? Would 4-5 good sized flakes of grass hay a day and a.. let's say '2' acre lush pasture be enough for them if they kept in good body weight?

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post #2 of 4 Old 06-24-2011, 07:33 AM
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Everyone has a different philosophy about feed. I don't grain my non breeding stock at all because they don't need it, but when I was a breeder I always grained my broodmares while they were nursing, and grained foals till they were a year old...
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Adequate nutrition is not just about body condition. Eating only grass hay plus grass pasture will most likely leave the mare and foal deficient in Ca and protein. The foal can pull even an overweight mare down in a very short period of time.
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-24-2011, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your input! That's exactly the way I look at it

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