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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Preg. mare nutrion and hoof nutrion

Dr. Getty,
Thank you for responding, this mare is the
last of the line of horses I started from.
My question is the right kind of grain or
supplement to feed her and also to help the
crack mend and heal. She seems to be pretty
sound on it but it still worrys me.
Thank you for your help.

Where are you from? Albany,Oregon

How did you locate this forum? Thru Theresa Jones

Re: Preg. mare nutrition and hoof nutrition

Hi Janet,

I would suggest that you feed her a diet that consists of good quality grass hay and or pasture, along with alfalfa hay. Add to that, a meal of beet pulp, flaxseed meal, and Vita Key’s Mare and Foal supplement. As her pregnancy progresses into the last three months, she will need more of the beet pulp and flaxseed meal to meet her increasing energy needs.

This combination is high in the protein, vitamins, and minerals she will need to produce a healthy foal, plus repair any tissue damage that she has.

I would not suggest feeding grain, unless you are exercising her heavily. If so, you can add a small amount (no more than 2 lbs) of oats to her diet.

All the best,

Dr. Getty