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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition

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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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pregnant mare

i have a 13 year old thouroughbred pony. She has been putting on weight and the recent onwner said she mated with a stallion but she wasn't sure if she was pregnant or not. I want to know if she is pregnant or I just have to change her diet.

Where are you from? dongara, western australia

How did you locate this forum? on your website

Re: pregnant mare

G'day Rachel!

Well, the only way to know if your mare is pregnant is to have her examined by your veterinarian and have an ultrasound performed.

If she is pregnant, you'll want to feed her a nutritious diet that is mainly from good quality grass and/or hay, as much as she wants each day. And, add an overall vitamin/mineral supplement designed for broodmares to some alfalfa pellets each day. Alfalfa is important to provide her with additional amino acids and calcium. Avoid giving her grain such as oats, corn, or barley -- unless you are exercising her regularly -- and even then, only a small amount since too much starch can lead to joint problems in foals.

As she approaches her last three months of pregnancy, her dietary needs will change -- she will need far more calories since she'll be gaining weight rapidly.

Pick up a good foaling manual. I have The Complete Foaling Manual on my website which is the best one out there, in my opinion (and I've seen them all!).

Happy Foaling!

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO