My pregnant mare is 7 months along. I've done so much research and everthing I've read is very vague. While I have not changed her main form of hay yet (which is strictly grass hay for the time being), I have been giving her a scoop of grain and 2 TBSPNS of the Farnam supplement for pregnant mares since the onset of her pregnancy once a day. She also has free access to her salt/mineral blocks.
I should add, she is at a very healthy weight, not overweight or underweight as neither are acceptable. She looks pregnant but not fat.
I have a stockpile of alfalfa hay for her when the time comes for her to need more nutrition to sustain herself and the foal.
When will she need the nutrition of the alfalfa? Should I start her on it about a month before her expected due date? Two weeks before? After she foals? Any helpful advice is appreciated as I want to be certain they are both getting the nutrition they need.
***Also, It should be noted that I am a believer in the main source of nutrition for an equine should come from roughage, and their salt/mineral blocks...not grains. While I do grain, I'm not going to do that overzealously to make sure she gets her nutrition in lieu of superb hay.