She was just changed to Legends Mare & Foal she gets a full scoop (3 qts), She also gets lil more than a 1/4 bucket soaked beet pulp and 1/2 lb. Alfalfa pellets twice daily, with plenty of Timothy / Orchard Hay. She hasn't filled out the whole time she's been here. Her owner wormed her but i'm not sure which wormer she used. She eats really good, so no problem with her teeth, so not sure why.
When I found out that the mare can foal out at any time of day in about 15 minutes (just so you'll be asleep in the middle of the night and won't get the camera out in time!! =b), I thought, NO WAY NEVER!
Actually, we could use some input from some breeders here.
...wish MY labors were only 15 minutes long...DANG!!!
BTW, it's great that you're paying attention to her. I've seen mares skinnier than she is, but IMHO she could use some more calories. She'll need them once the foal starts to nurse. No Vet check? Crossing my fingers everything will be ok.
Agreed. She's not SO slim--too bad the owner doesn't have a Vet's opinion--THAT would really help. I know that MY first Vet (only equine, and had LOTS of show/race horses and his own herd of SB broodmares) said he's seen broodmares eat up to 20 lbs of grain/daily while in foal. I know that you can't just throw grain at her. I know that I just wrote on another thread about Purina Equine Senior, but I like how my older horses did very well on it with no digestive problems. It's pelleted, not expensive, and she could start with 1/2 pound, then gradually increase it. Perhaps you could gradually increase the Mare & Foal feed? She might need more. Hope this helps. =D
She was on Equine Senior, then owner changed her to Reliance 12, she's only very recently been changed to the mare n foal feed and is gradually gettin bumped up and every change is done gradually..Ive never known of a horse needing that much grain, I have a big concern over colic and grain is a main cause of it