Nursing Mama feed question
My boys pony foaled last month and I am worried she isnt getting enough to eat. Her ribs arent showing or anything but I know how quickly the can lose weight. I currently feed her 1/2 lb Horsemans Edge 12/6 pellets 2 times a day and most of the time she has full access to a round bale unless she is in the stall in which she gets 1 flake 2 times a day...all the water she can drink. I have no idea how much she weighs ahe is about 12 ish hands give or take. I asked the vet after the baby was born if I needed to feed her more and he said no, but I am not so sure. The pic in my avatar and in my barn were taken last week.
We grain our nursing mares 3x a day. Saves from huge meals and maintains the energy and weight.
Hay and water free choice.
hmm i wish i could feed 3 times a day but I am usually not here mid day.
I feed at 5:30 a.m., my husband feeds 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. and then bed time feed is between 9 and 10 p.m.
We also feed a youth formula for the nursing mares. When the foals start showing an interest, we give them a handful in another bucket. When they start eating more than nibbles, we creep feed them.
Hmm a late night feed work work! i hadn't though of that. Duh. Thanks so much!
How much does she weigh? I can get you the NRC requirements, not sure if you want to go that in depth though. :-)
I have no idea how much she weighs. I wish I did.
You can use this formula
lb body wt= (heart girth in inches squared * length in inches) / 330
This gives a pretty good approximation.
Check this website for where to measure
I like to give our ponies 16 percent feed while they have a nursing foal. Especially if they are prone to being pulled down by a foal. Cant really see her much in that picture. A good way to know is if the backbone is up the horse is too thin.
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