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


I have a mare that is due in March weight wise she is prefect and getting bigger. My question is she is on safe choice right now do i need to change her feed to a mare and foal feed? Or can i leave her on SC and maybe just add mare plus supplement if she is maintaining weight?

Where are you from? Oklahoma

How did you locate this forum? another forum

Re: Pregnant mare nutrition

Hi Ivette,

You can continue feeding Safe Choice but during the last three months of pregnancy, she will require more calories. She'l be steadily gaining weight so you should increase the number of meals she receives, being careful to not exceed 4 lbs per meal.

And, yes, a supplement to fill in the gaps is very important, even now. I recommend Mare/Foal IIP.

Give her all the grass hay she wants, along with 30 to 40% alfalfa. And, make sure she gets plain, white salt along with clean, temperature controlled water. This is very important for adequate milk production.

Happy Foaling!

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO