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    07-19-2010, 11:06 AM
mare weight gain-after foal

First off I would like to say hello- I am new to the forum, but have been reading a few posts. I just read one about the rescue horse that wont gain weight. And I was kind of wondering if the same feeding rules apply to mares who have foals.
My mare had a colt 6 weeks ago. Problem is she hasn't gained any weight. She has been skinny since she foaled.
Now, I know she is feeding 2 so ya, I have been giving her senior feed. Usually about 2 scoops (not sweet feed) and she has unlimited pasture (grass) and I give her certified hay.
I recently had the vet out, she looked at her teeth-which were good, she has been wormed 2x within the past 4 months, vaccinated ect. She also said to put 1/3 bale of hay in with her a day. Other than that she was fine. (i forgot to add that she just turned 12)
She isn't the type of horse to eat all day. She stops when she is full.
Should it take a while to gain the weight? Any suggestions?
Also, I just got this horse about 4 months ago. So I am not sure what she looked like before.
Thanks in advance for any help.
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    07-19-2010, 12:26 PM
Free choice hay is the first thing to offer

Which senior feed are you using?? What are the ingredients??
    07-19-2010, 01:31 PM
I agree with peggy sue about the free choice hay. That plus good pasture will put weight on faster than any grain will.

Have you looking into 'mare and foal' feed? I know there are a quite a few good ones out there.

Good luck with your girl.
    07-19-2010, 02:01 PM
Green Broke
Some mares won't gain much weight back until the baby is weaned. You could try increasing her grain or switching to a mare/foal feed. Or adding alfalfa pellets. Knowing what brand you're feeding and the ingredients would help.
    07-19-2010, 02:51 PM
It's hard to go wrong by adding alfalfa pellets, according to my vet. Dancer lost a LOT of weight while we were on vacation - less than a month before foaling. She foaled 06/28/10 and looked like a scarecrow. She looks much better now, but still has a long way to go. We feed 1-1/2 scoops of alfalfa pellets and a scoop of "Paddock," which is a local mill's version of Mare and Foal, twice a day, with a midday feeding of a scoop of alfalfa pellets and 1/2 scoop of "Paddock." This is along with her pasture (she's out 24/7) and free choice hay. The hay was the farrier's idea - and it seems to help - she alternates eating grass and eating hay. Go figure. (Must be the clover in the hay )
    07-19-2010, 09:18 PM
Thanks for the info. The senior feed is a ranch-a-way brand. It has a ton of stuff in it. Wheat middis, dehydrated alfalfa,soybean hulls,wheat, beet pulp, dried grains, cane molasses, soybean oil,calcium carbonate,b12,d calcium, salt- and avitamins a,d,e -crude fat/crude fiber/crude protein/

There are quite a few other ingrediants but those seem like the main ones

And it says 1lb per 100lbs of body weight

I have not looked into mare/foal feed. . . . The vet sugested senior feed-so I honestly didn't even think to check into it. But now I definitely will!

I will definitely try the alfalfa-the way you are doing it dee

Thanks a ton everyone! Let me know if there are any more ideas-
Hope it works-
    07-19-2010, 10:35 PM
Which means your average 1000lb horse needs 10lbs a day for the nutrition needed
    07-19-2010, 10:49 PM
When you feed her the alfalfa, keep an eye on her for a few days. I learned something the hard way today. I'll put it in a new thread...

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