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

   Welcome to my forum. 

Here you will find more than 6 years of questions and my answers. It is searchable and offers a great deal of information. 

Currently, I am discontinuing new questions. This may change in the future, but in the meantime, please know that It has been a true pleasure serving you. 

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I also have a growing number of recordings on "Teleseminars on Nutrition Topics that Concern You" as well as the new, Spotlight on Equine Nutrition Series -- printed versions of favorite teleseminars.

And finally, look for my articles in a variety of local publications and online newsletters, as well as the Horse Journal, where I am the Contributing Nutrition Editor.  


All the best,

 Dr. Getty 


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

How soon will my mare start to show a sack?

Where are you from? Ohio

How did you locate this forum? google

Re: bred mare?

Hello Karin,

The normal gestation for a mare is between 320 and 360 days, with 11 months being the average.

Depending on whether this is her first pregnancy, or she has had many foals in her lifetime, she will exhibit changes accordingly. She won't start to "show" for many months into her gestation period, but during her last three months, she will gain weight rapidly (1/2 lb or more per day).

You may find The Complete Foaling Manual helpful -- it has many beneficial photographs and clear explanations of what to expect during pregnancy and foaling.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO