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post #1 of 4 Old 04-01-2013, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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Broodmare Weight?

My mare Tenakee foaled in February and we've not had any problems regarding keeping weight on her. Now she is a BIG mare by nature, and I don't have a problem with that. But I want her to be healthy and have enough muscle to start working, and eventually - if she has the aptitude - do some field work such as spreading manure, harrowing, and pulling other farm implements. She is 18 years old and 15.1 hands, and her potential team mate is well matched in height, but is only 5-6 years old. The younger mare, Scarlet, is still out of shape, but I don't think it will be hard bringing her back. She is being sent for training and will be used every day and get quite the work out. Tenakee, however, is busy here with her foal and I plan on refreshing what little she does know about driving. If it goes well she will be teamed up and will hopefully be able to 'pull her own weight', so to speak.

Now it is obvious that she has quite the broodmare belly on her, and she has lost a bit of condition since she had her foal. Her muscles were rounder and I had her pretty good, but due to bad weather they had to spend more time stalled than what I would have liked with short daily turnout.

She gets, if I remember correctly, 1lb of Omalene 300, which she unwillingly shares with her foal. I control most of her feed, with the exception of the little bit of pasture she gets now that it has warmed up. Since she spent a good amount of time in her stall and was pregnant, I tried to make sure her hay didn't run out so she always had the choice to eat. Now that she has foaled I have been monitoring her hay a bit more.

Should I start getting her on a diet while she has a foal on her? Her foal is two months old and eats hay, grass, grain and will occasionally drink water but still drinks from Tenakee. How much hay should she be getting? Would it be best to cut down her hay and offer her a little more grain? What things can I do with her without fatiguing her foal? She has to be about 1,200lbs by my guess. Will her belly ever shrink a bit with exercise? Can a horse of her age slowly get back into work such as driving and doing fieldwork? It wouldn't be long periods of toil in acres of field, just a small acreage spreading manure and doing some of the general upkeep.

As a side note she is a Bashkir Curly, if breed is at all relevant. I appreciate any replies and whatever information you can give me. Thank you all in advance. My apologies as the pictures aren't the best, but give you an idea of her gut from both side and front.
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-01-2013, 11:21 AM
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Foalie is cute as a button
This is quite a bit of belly on momma, but a good part of it should go away with work.
Hay...what type of hay are they getting? If it's coarse and stemmy, it has lots of fiber which causes belly in any horse. Finer, softer hay will have less volume =less belly.
Looking at how big that milkbar is, I don't see no need to add any sweetfeed, I would try to feed each it's own ration, so foal gets its share too. And, like I said, a better quality/ finer, softer hay.
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Our last load of hay was very green and not as grassy as we have previously gotten. Over winter and through early spring good grass hay is hard to come by, most dairy farmers aren't interested in growing it. I will certainly wean Tenakee off her grain and either buy, or more likely build a creep feeder that Tenakee can't break into and just give Takala her portion. Takala won't eat it all at once so I've waited until she is o,der to try again.
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So what is it, mainly alfalfa? If so, she shouldn't need any grain at all, just a vit/min supplement. For baby you can give a couple of handfuls of grain, maybe distracting mom with equal amount of alfalfa pellets, soaked. Or throw it all together and offer it to both. That's what I did, had them share all the way up to weaning. But neither my mares nor my foals were greedy. It worked ate less and less and baby more and more
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