Feeding Mares in Foal-
Our mares are also fed a COB or oats ration daily. This can vary between one to eight pounds a day depending on the mare and her point of gestation. Most of our easy keeping mares are fed only 1-2 pounds a day of grain until their last trimester, then we gradually increase it up to 6-8 pounds per day.
We feed a multi vitamin to our mares to ensure that they are getting all the vitamins, minerals and micro-nutrients that they need. We like the vitamins that we can top dress separately over grains. This way we can feed our harder keeping mares more grain with their vitamins and keep our easy keepers from getting too fat. On a couple of our old TB mares, we will also add corn oil to their diet to add fat.
We have had great luck and fabulous help selecting supplements from Steed Feeds. Their website is www.steedfeed.com and I encourage anyone to contact them with any nutritional questions. We have found them to have the lowest prices around and by far more convenient as all supplements are delivered right to your house or farm. The have access to many of the top brands including Springtime, Vita-Flex, Source, Sea Shore Acres and Equimend so even if you are not interested in changing supplements, you might want to check with them to compare pricing and of course the convenience speaks for itself.
Once a mare has foaled, some of them become quite hard to keep weight on. If you have ever had an older TB mare, you know the type I mean. For these mares, we have hung Equine Senior in a bucket too high for the foal to eat out of along with supplementing with corn oil. This seems to really help these older mares maintain condition while nursing their foal. One mare who loved to spill her grain and whose foal was exceptionally tall, we used a nosebag every morning and every night to give her a ration of Equine Senior and she did manage to pick up some weight.
Keeping the mare
in good condition with proper nutrition is a dynamic process that changes
throughout the different stages of gestation and different ages of the
foal. Proper nutrition also ensures better odds at getting that mare
back in foal. We encourage everyone to talk with their local vet to
decide on a top quality feeding program best suited for their needs.