Over the course of a healthy pregnancy, a broodmare’s weight should increase by an amount equal to the weight of the foal at birth plus the weight of the placenta and the uterine fluids. Hoof Nutrition Intelligence is brought to you by Banixx.
A broodmare who is brooding may appear relaxed and contented on the outside as her midsection expands. But inside, her growing foal is making ever-increasing demands on her body, which will only dramatically increase after she gives birth.
If forages provide the “maintenance” energy that horses need for the workings of everyday life — grazing, sleeping, wandering from pasture to pasture, maintaining internal temperature — then cereal grains like oats, corn and barley are the turbo-charged portion of the diet.
Q: I work on an 8-year old Morgan mare that has a somewhat cresty neck and is a little overweight. Previous owners reported that she foundered during both of her pregnancies (but not saying whether they overfed her grain, or made other changes to her or her environment once she was bred).
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