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    07-15-2008, 11:28 AM
The feed you are using has a very good vitamin/mineral package blended-in already. It also has a 6% fat content, which is fine for most horses but may not be enough to support your mare while she is producing milk.
And bear in mind that milk has a lot of fat in it...which can only come from one of two places. It will either come from your mare's diet, or it will be pulled from her own reserves.

My suggestion would be to mix about 1/4-1/2 cup of pure corn oil into her feed, 2X a day. Reason being, corn oil is highly digestable and it contains 120 calories per spoon-full.
Walmart has their GV-brand corn oil at $2.98 per 48 OZ bottle.
And don't neglect her required roughage. I'm in your area of Texas and right now, folks are baling-up their second-cut hay. There's been ads for good hay posted in the Houston Chronicle, for the past few weeks.

Hope this helps.
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    07-15-2008, 01:26 PM
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I suggest stabilized rice bran (seminole's ultra bloom or manna pro's max-e-glo) over soaked beet pulp and any sort of oil.

I've used beet pulp and just have not seen the same results as with rice bran (and you give less rice bran)

Personally, I don't like giving horse's oil. It spoils easily and is not as easy on their stomach as rice bran (or beet pulp) - IMO.

I'd also up her hay a bit...strategy packs a power punch of protein and fat...some forage might be what she needs :)
    07-17-2008, 01:45 AM
Give your horse 24 hour access to good quality grass hay or pasture.. Feed lucerne hay. Lucerne will provide your horse with good quality protein which will facilitate muscle development. Add high energy feeds to the diet like high energy fibrous feeds such as soybean hulls, copra meal and sugarbeet pulp and cereal grains and grain based feeds.
    07-17-2008, 03:05 PM
I used beet pulp to help my mare gain some weight .. it worked great
    07-18-2008, 07:09 AM
First off, she needs access to good quality pasture or hay 24/7. You can also increase her grain. I am currently feeding the M-G feed which is similar to Stradgey but I am feeding a 12/8. I have an older mare who got pulled down from her baby and are in the process of bringing her up. She is currently on the Focus SR supplement which is a probiotic type supplement that helps her to process better the food she is getting. She is also on a high fat, low starch fat supplement called Moor-glo. I have seen it work wonders. She gets about a cup of that each meal. For her grain, we have worked her up to 3 scoops of grain 3x a day. I haven't had a lot of success gaining weight with beat pulp, but have used it when we had the hay shortage a couple of years ago for the fiber content. Also, while oil is a good fat supplement, many horses wont eat it. Just depends on the horse. Good luck
    07-18-2008, 11:35 PM
Both my mares are on corn oil and digestive aid. That is all they have ever gotten for weight and it works wonders. The digestive aid helps add weight because it better digests the grain and hay. They both are nice and plump and keep the weight on without a problem.
    07-21-2008, 04:00 PM
Yea soaked beet pulp and corn oil helps. But also since ur in Texas and it's really hot you should try using electrolytes too bc she may be sweatin everything out. The other thing you might try is using 12% sweet feed, that always helped fatten up our horses too.
    07-21-2008, 05:14 PM
How soon can you get the baby off her. Its difficult to get a mare that has a baby sucking on her to gain weight. Although I will throw in a vote for beet pulp, but the easiest way to get her weight up is to wean the baby as soon as possible since it is likely sucking majority of the nutrients off her.

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