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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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Hi,i bought this horse from resaca. ga. She really looked liked she was going to fall over any time.You could tell the owner wasn't really taken care of her that great, you could see her ribs, she looked weak.. i had to get her,,you ought to see her now,, very georgus horse,, now, she's up to par, going great. i've had her for 3 months, maybe 4, and a stallion jump the fence while she was in season, and now i seam to think she's pregant, in the mean time i have to wait about 3 month's before i can tell anything..My question to you is ,What kind of food do i need to feed her, her name is (Alympia). thank you

Where are you from? Georgia,TunnelHill

How did you locate this forum? Looking on the net,for info about a pregnant horse,(broodmare)

Re: Pregnancey

Hi Pamela,

First, let me give you a sincere Thank You! for bringing her back to health. And, second, a perhaps premature, Congratulations! on your upcoming foal!

You should have your vet out to deterimine if she is indeed pregnant. A blood test will reveal this at this stage. But, even a month down the road, an ultrasound will be conclusive.

Feeding is the same throughout her pregnancy, the same way you would feed any horse, until you reach her last three months. At that point, her nutritional needs increase dramatically. So, for now, feed her plenty of forage (good quality hay and/or pasture), add some alfalfa to the mix to complement the protein quality and add some calcium, and give her a good vitamin/mineral supplement to fill in the gaps.

Keep me posted!

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO

Re: Pregnancey


Where are you from? KENTUCKY

How did you locate this forum? WEB

Re: Pregnancey

Hi Diane,

The only way is to contact your vet.

Should I say, "Congratulations?!

Happy Holidays,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO

Re: Pregnancey


I have just bought a 4yr old mare and there is a chance she may be pregnant. If she is she will be at least 6-7 months. At that far gone how much will she be showing? At what stage will her udders start getting bigger?

Regards, April

Where are you from? New Zealand

How did you locate this forum? Google

Re: Pregnancey

Hello April,

Since my area of expertise is nutrition, I would suggest you pose your question about her udder development and what you can expect, to Theresa Jones, author of The Complete Foaling Manual. You can email your question to her directly by going to her website:

Happy Foaling!

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO