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post #1 of 4 Old 01-07-2012, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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I have recently purchased a Warmblood mare, she is in very poor condition with no muscle tone and no fat at all.
She is in foal (only a month) to a Clydie.
I need advice on the way to fatten her up. She is currently getting a hardfeed in the morning - 2kgs of Breeda by Mitavite mixed with 1kg chaff mixer.
She gets a biscuit of lucerne at night. She is also has 2 big paddocls of grass.
What kind of natural supplements should I be giving her, she has brittle hair and a very poor coat.
I am going to start her on ACV and garlic. Is there anything else I can give her?
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-08-2012, 12:57 PM
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Well, it sounds like you are in the UK, so I am not sure if they have beet pulp or rice bran, but that is what I would recommend, but other supplements/grains/hay high in fat and fiber. Also, have your vet check your horse for worms, and also have him/her check her teeth.

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post #3 of 4 Old 01-08-2012, 01:17 PM
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Because she is in foal, u should get advice from a vet or equine nutritionist.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-08-2012, 10:20 PM
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as far as hair and coat go flaxseed oil all the way i use it year round on my black horse he looks like a super star. also flax seed mill is a great form of fat as well as rice bran but i dont know the effects with brood mares. also she does not need a mare and foal feed until the last 3 to 4 months of pregnancey. lucern hay is to high in protein right now feed it at the last trimester. no chafe unless she is prone to colic. what forage and chafe and beetpulp is is high in fiber it acts like a vessel to help nutrients travel through the digestive system and to much will just make them poop all the good stuff out (including fat which is what you need) it sounds like you are in Austrailia by the sound of the food you are feeding her. if she is prone to colic use Mitavite Power On its designed to increase saliva and slow down eating so it eliminates the need for chafe. also its a very oily feed which will be high in fat and it will get that coat looking great! later on in the third trimester go to Promita by Mitavite the reason i say Promita is that fiber sounds abundant in your horses' diet which means you do not need a complete feed you need a concentrated feed. complete feeds are a type of feed that is designed for a horse on poor pasture or not enough hay. anytime is says its a complete feed on the package or description it means its for the horse that lives in a place with inadequate forage. like i said forage and fiber mean more poop and it flushes out the nutrients so just trust me with this one. overall it just sounds like shes not getting enough oily stuff and too much fiber. but you should call your vet and ask him about it also because im only going by your description and you know your horse better than i do.
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