What to feed a mare in foal?

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    11-28-2010, 04:39 PM
Green Broke
Talking What to feed a mare in foal?

My sister & I just picked up a mare in foal. It was kind of a rescue situation. We don't know much about her other than she came from the auction,
The vet checked her out & everything seems ok. She is about 6 months along.
The mare could stand to put on a little weight, but she isn't under weight.
We currently have her on grass, but wanted to add some pellets.
I was told that most mare & foal feeds have 15% protein and are high in fat, plus a lot of additional vitamins.
I was also told that too much protein can cause issues with the foal, and I don't want her to founder.
My other horse (Mona) had her foal no problem, but she is also a super easy keeper.
I'm probably worrying for no reason, but I don't know how well this horse was taken care of before we got her.
What would you suggest as far as pellets go & what should I be looking for on the bag.
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    11-28-2010, 05:09 PM
Green Broke
I would add some alfalfa, for protein and weight.

If you want to do pellets, I have been told Dyna Foal pellets are good, and are formulated especially for mares/foals. (I see you are in Arizona like I am, so you can probably get Dyna Foal pellets).

When my mare was pregnant, all my vet really told me to do (since I was feeding alfalfa to all my horses, including the pregnant mare) was to give her a couple pounds of oats a day, which would have the effect of adding phosphorous to her diet (because alfalfa is high in calcium and low in phosphorous, so the oats would help balance it out, since they are high in phosphorous). But I have a friend who purchased a pregnant mare at the same time I did, and she didn't even do that- just fed straight alfalfa and her foal turned out great.

BUT, me being me, I bought my mare a Purina Nature's Essential's mineral block (free choice), a white salt block (free choice) and made sure she got at least two pounds of oats a day. But I was also feeding about 80% alfalfa (and just a touch of bermuda so she would always have something to much on).

So that's what I did anyway. This was my first foal. Very stressful! I worried myself sick over everything. And he had a couple of health problems. My neighbor basically did nothing extra but make sure the mare kept her weight up and she had no issues whatsoever. Go figure!
    11-28-2010, 05:49 PM
Free choice pasture or hay is a given with any horse that is needing weight or does not have health issues...

High protien does not cause issues mineral imbalances do cause issues..

What type of hay are you feeding and what type of "grain" ??
    11-28-2010, 09:29 PM
Green Broke
Pasture isn't an option where I live. We feed bermuda hay, and a little alfalfa, free choice mineral, and Running Horse (it has barley,wheat, & soy in it) Do the horses do well on the oats?
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    11-29-2010, 07:37 AM
Which Running Horse feed are you using??
    11-29-2010, 09:26 AM
Green Broke
We usually feed the trail, but couldn't get it the last few times. So, we've been feeding the senior. I know they make a mare and foal, but it wasn't in stock either.
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    11-29-2010, 09:41 AM
None of them look like "bad" feeds just be sure you are feeding enough of them

Min is 4lbs as approx 12 cups per day ... best to get food scales from walmart or somewhere and weigh it though
    11-29-2010, 08:50 PM
Green Broke
My friend has a scale, maybe she'll let me borrow it. I think I'll up her alfalfa a little. Thanks.
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    11-29-2010, 09:15 PM
Just FYI - I'm a cheapy type of person. I picked up a fishing scale at Walmart for $5 - it has a handle on it that I ran bailing twine through and suspended the scale from the rafter of my feed room (aka the car port). The fishing scale has a hook on the bottom end. I poured a scoop of feed into a Walmart bag (what would we do without that place?) and hung the bag on the scale. That let me know about how much a scoop of each type of feed weighs. We blend our own feed - such as it is - exactness isn't necessary, but it's good to get close.

I could get really energetic and hang a bucket on the scale and weigh the feed in the bucket at every feeding and really get it exact - but I have two mottos: KISS (keep it simple stupid), of course, and "perfection is desired but not required." It's horse feed, not rocket science - I'd rather spend more time hugging my horse...

We feed soaked beet pulp, alfalfa pellets (or timothy pellets for the one we have that can't have alfalfa) oats, Omega Horseshine (flax meal) and BOSS.
    11-30-2010, 07:55 AM
Dee I weigh my feed about once a month when I buy a new batch other then that I "wing" it LOL

Hay I only weigh about twice a year or so to get an average for my one horse that I watch her weight closely

Mine is almost to simple

1lb of ration balancer Kent's Topline 32
1lb of hay pellets
And free choice hay

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