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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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2 questions about mare/breeding feeding

Hi Dr. Getty,

I am going to be breeding my mare this season and was wondering what your recommendation are for mare supplements, if any?

Also, what needs to change before/during/after the pregnancy for feeding needs?


Where are you from? WI

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Re: 2 questions about mare/breeding feeding

Hello Kelly,

You will definitely want to give you mare a complete multiple vitamin/mineral supplement that also contains microbials for immune system support. I have used Vita-Flex Accel for my own mare and have had success with it for many of my clients’ mares.

As far as her nutritional needs are concerned, you really do not need to go above and beyond a balanced, high fiber, moderate protein, low starch diet for the first 8 months of her pregnancy. It is very important that you do not feed a grain-based diet because recent research has shown that high carbohydrate levels in a mare’s diet is the main cause of orthopedic diseases in foals.

During her last 3 months, her nutritional needs begin to dramatically change. Gradually increase her protein and calcium intake by offering her alfalfa hay or pellets. Her energy needs will also increase (as well as her appetite!). Offer her more of a low starch feed such as Nutrena’s Safe Choice or Triple Crown Low Starch.

Make sure she has access to good quality hay and/or pasture at all times, fresh water, and a plain, iodized salt lick (do not use a mineralized or sweetened salt lick).

After the foal is born, her nutritional needs during lactation increase even more than during her pregnancy! So, it is necessary to offer high quality protein, lots of fiber, electrolytes, vitamins and minerals, and essential fatty acids.

Keep me posted!

All the best,

Dr. Getty