Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I didn't bother past page 1 of the posts. Stop counting flakes with this mare. My 1,100 lb mare (who has raised 4 foals) gets 3 flakes/feeding (winter) (6 flakes/day/winter.)
Stall her and keep giving her flakes every feeding until she starts leaving them. She might be needing a 12-flake, 65 pound bale of hay every day. We don't know about your pasture bc we can't see/test the nutrients on it, so assume she's getting little nutrition from it, even if your other horses are doing fine. THEY are not eating for two!!
Plus, fescue isn't good for pregnant mares and we know that fescue is the first "weed" that replaces more tender grasses that have been grazed dead, and the pasture probably has it. MY horses only graze on fescue when everything else is chopped down. I even considered building some chicken tractors to use them to graze the fescue in my pastures. Look for the threads I've started if you want to see my horse's weight.
You haven't owned her long enough to know if she is an easy or a hard keeper, but I can see her aborting this foal if she is a hard keeper and her body has to choose between the two.
Sorry, but I've seen too many nursing mares start looking like skin and bones. She needs to get through the birth and the nursing. It is a LOT easier for a horse to lose weight quickly, and they only gain weight slowly. Hopefully, you can get her to maintain and start gaining just a little bit of topline. My previous Vet--too far away since I moved--told me that some of his breeding clients would feed up to 20 pounds of supplemental grain to their broodmares in their last months (1980's version of supplements.) Whatever the Veterinary recommendations today, its' STILL a LOT of calories. He was a also a breeder--SB's.
I took in a pregnant cat who had 7 kittens July 19th. I feed HER lots of calories--kept the food bowl full at all times--cat food, eggs, the occasional can of tuna fish, but even she got a little bit bony until her kittens went on solid food. (This is a stray who had 3 kittens in early April, too.)
Just HAD to comment. Hope she does okay, though.