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

Hi,i have a mare 8 months preg.she is feed alf,and forage hay,am and pm.also she gets a supplement by purina,i have put in a pasture for her of rye grass and orchard grass,how long can she be on the pasture a day?i have been letting her on gradual,she is up to 1hr how long does she need to do this before i can leave her there most of the day? thank you for any info.

Where are you from? calif.

Re: mare in foal

Hi Judy,

Congratulations! You're feeding appropriately and as long as she has is not prone toward laminitis, you can keep her on pasture as much as you're able to do so.

During these last three months of pregnancy, she will gain about 1/2 pound per day, so her feed intake will increase. Give her approximately 30% alfalfa/70% grass (pasture or hay) and a good supplement designed to meet the needs of a pregnant mare.

A plain white salt lick is also very important, and lots of water.

You may also find the book, The Complete Foaling Manual to be very helpful. It's not a nutrition book, but instead, a guide to taking care of your mare during her delivery, what to look for that's normal and what's not normal, and how to take care of the newborn foal during the first few hours after birth.

Happy Foaling!

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO

Re: mare in foal


Where are you from? calif.