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post #1 of 7 Old 06-29-2013, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Mare and Weanling Nutrition

It looks like I'm getting a bred mare and a weanling as boarders next month. I'm excited because I love having the babies around! However, I'm usually not in charge of broodmare and baby nutrition.

I'm going to talk to the place that currently has them as far as feed recommendations, as well as pull out my old text books and brush up, but I'm wondering if anyone here has feeds that they really like and have had good experiences with?

The co-op here carries Purina and Nutrena. I'd also like to have the two on the same food for the sake of convenience, so I'm leaning toward Nutrena's Mare and Foal feed.

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It looks like I'm getting a bred mare and a weanling as boarders next month. I'm excited because I love having the babies around! However, I'm usually not in charge of broodmare and baby nutrition.

I'm going to talk to the place that currently has them as far as feed recommendations, as well as pull out my old text books and brush up, but I'm wondering if anyone here has feeds that they really like and have had good experiences with?

The co-op here carries Purina and Nutrena. I'd also like to have the two on the same food for the sake of convenience, so I'm leaning toward Nutrena's Mare and Foal feed.

I feed my horses Strategy Healthy Edge, and that includes the broodies until they are in the last trimester when I switch them over to Purina 300. I keep them on the 300 til the foal is weaned and then they go back to the Healthy Edge and the Foal goes on Ultium Growth until it's 2.
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I always kept broodmares & foals on the same feed as all the other horses but while the mares were pregnant & nursing and the foals through their growing years, I added Calfmana by Manna Pro as a supplement. Also used it anytime a horse needed to gain weight.

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It was recommended to me many, many years ago by a horse breeder and I've used it for those many, many years with good results.
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Completely off topic and you didn't ask for this advice but, a nursing mare eats a ton more than a non lactating mare. Have provisions in your boarding structure so the owner is paying for all the extras. Extra feed, pen by herself + foal, extra watering, extra poop. Also at what age does the foal become a 2nd horse complete with his own charges for boarding. Some people just start it when the foal is weaned. Then the owners just leave the foal on the mare until he is 6-7 months and eating almost as much as his mother... No I don't take on other's nursing mares....
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LHP has a good point! I'll tell you how I do it, and you can use it to figure out how you can work things to best suit your situation.

I charge for full board plus 1 stall (so if full board is $300/month, I'd charge that plus $150 for the extra stall) and take out a divider so they have 12 X 24 plus a huge turn out yard. I actually have foaling stalls but I reserve those for my own horses. I start out charging $50/month extra when the foal starts eating an appreciable amount from the mare's bucket, probably close to 2 months old. At 4 months, I start charging full board, whether weaned or not because they are eating a LOT at that point. I don't charge extra for the cleaning or shavings, I consider that covered in my extra stall charge. I also don't charge extra for the separate turn out because I am a breeding facility and have things set up so expectant moms can be separated from the herd when necessary. I have several stall/yard areas that are not part of the group pasture environment.

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I feed Nutrena Mare and Foal to our 20 month old, and so far I like it. Its a far cry better than Purina Equine Junior, anyways. Stay away from that stuff, I was finding whole kernels of corn in it! She was underweight and it has helped get her back on track nicely. I've never tried giving it to a brood mare though, so I don't know about how it works for them. I do like that it is not a complete feed and has low sugar. I supplement it with Ultra Shine from DuMor though because I don't feel like it supplies enough vitamins and minerals for a growing baby.
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I feed my horses Strategy Healthy Edge, and that includes the broodies until they are in the last trimester when I switch them over to Purina 300. I keep them on the 300 til the foal is weaned and then they go back to the Healthy Edge and the Foal goes on Ultium Growth until it's 2.
I do this but use Omelene 300 and depending, babies stay on this, another growth formula or move to Ultium.
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