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  • My pregant mare is not gaining weight
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    03-30-2011, 09:32 PM
  #1
Yearling
Help a pregnant mare gain weight?

I may be purchasing a pregnant mare who was starved over a period of time. The owner who is fostering her until someone buys her (hopefully me) has been putting some weight on her. Her ribs aren't as easy to see though her hip bones you can't miss.

I feed my two horses I have now sweetfeed 10%.
The gelding who is way overweight isn't mine and I feed him 1/2 scoop.
My mare on the other hand is feed twice daily 1/2 scoop since she is coming off of being sick and having no coat, she is slowly getting off and onto the 1/2 until I start riding again.

Of course that isn't all they get, there is free choice of hay until that is all ate, by then the green pastures will be full. They right now run on 5 acres but by the end of spring they will be on 20 acres.

If I get this mare will I need to get her a mare supplement or senior feed? I am doing a lot of research before I take this girl into my hands.

So any information would be helpful, experiences with pregnant underweight mares. Oh, and the owner now says the mare is probably due sometime in late June or August.

I can post pictures later if needed.
     
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    03-30-2011, 10:25 PM
  #2
Yearling
I was thinking about Mare Plus for nutrition and body builder for the weight gain. Though not to sure if you can put those together or not.
     
    04-03-2011, 11:38 AM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Ladybug2001    
I may be purchasing a pregnant mare who was starved over a period of time. The owner who is fostering her until someone buys her (hopefully me) has been putting some weight on her. Her ribs aren't as easy to see though her hip bones you can't miss.

I feed my two horses I have now sweetfeed 10%.
The gelding who is way overweight isn't mine and I feed him 1/2 scoop.
My mare on the other hand is feed twice daily 1/2 scoop since she is coming off of being sick and having no coat, she is slowly getting off and onto the 1/2 until I start riding again.

Of course that isn't all they get, there is free choice of hay until that is all ate, by then the green pastures will be full. They right now run on 5 acres but by the end of spring they will be on 20 acres.

If I get this mare will I need to get her a mare supplement or senior feed? I am doing a lot of research before I take this girl into my hands.

So any information would be helpful, experiences with pregnant underweight mares. Oh, and the owner now says the mare is probably due sometime in late June or August.

I can post pictures later if needed.
What do you mean by this ....free choice means they never run out of hay......Or do you mean that when you run out of hay completely they will be on grass?

Super Nova
     
    04-03-2011, 01:47 PM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Super Nova    
What do you mean by this ....free choice means they never run out of hay......Or do you mean that when you run out of hay completely they will be on grass?

Super Nova
Well that was the plan but because my other horses don't get along with her we have to rotate the horses to where they all will have a chance to graze but will have hay when they are in stalls.
     
    04-03-2011, 02:00 PM
  #5
Yearling
I would buy a weight builder for her but put her on mare and foal feed. Do not put her out on fescue grass. It causes the placenta to be thick and makes it where the baby has a hard time breaking through.
     
    04-11-2011, 08:38 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I agree with equus717 about the fescue! Definitely stay away from that. You could put her on a diet that has more energy. A senior feed would work or just a high fat diet. You can always just add vegetable oil to her feed. Add about 1 tablespoon more per day to gradually get it up to 1-2 cups per day. It'll give her a lot more energy without the risks you would get from upping her feed.

Make sure she has free choice of minerals and is getting enough Calcium and Phosphorus too! It's really essential for pregnant mares to be in a good body condition for the baby's sake.
     

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