The mare’s requirements:
The mare should be fed according to her type and body condition. Not all mares will need a high calorie feed during their gestation period; many do not need extra energy until the last trimester. As always a high fibre diet is important and ensuring your mare has access to plenty of forage, at a minimum of 1.5-2% bodyweight per day will be beneficial. It is also important to ensure that your mare is getting a balanced diet, particularly as UK grazing is usually deficient in certain minerals. Using a complete feed or balancer will help to ensure that your mare is getting the important vitamins and minerals that she requires for her own health and also the healthy growth and development of her foetus.
After the foal is born, a correct balanced diet will help to ensure that your mare stays in good condition and has sufficient energy to cope with the extra demands placed on her. Supporting her foal and providing a plentiful milk supply is not an easy job!
For more information on feeding broodmares and foals why not download our free Feeding for Breeding guide. Alternatively read our blog: feeding the broodmare in late stages of pregnancy and her foal.
Feeding your broodmare Pure stud:
Our Pure Stud is formulated to meet the nutritional needs of broodmares and their foals. It is fibre based, free from molasses and wholegrain cereals and low in both sugar and starch. Our balancer is included in the feed tailored to the nutritional needs of the mare and her growing foetus. This includes an adequate supply of quality protein, Vitamins including Vitamins A and E and minerals including Calcium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper and Manganese.
Remember to feed little and often. Mares can often have a decreased appetite especially as they near the end of their gestation period. Providing small frequent feeds is much better than feeding more, less frequently.
Pure Stud is suitable to feed to both mares and foals once they begin to nibble hard feed. Foals have a tendency to drop weight when they are weaned due to the extra stress. Getting them used to eating a feed prior to this and avoiding any dietary changes during the weaning process can help to reduce any extra stress for them.
Hear how one of our customer’s has got on with feeding her broodmare Pure Stud:
Sara Blackshaw has used Pure feed for several years and feeds her two broodmares Pure Stud.
Sara said “Healthy broodmares hopefully mean healthy babies so both my broodmares are fed Pure Stud to optimize a high protein diet and ensure they are in the best condition possible to help provide with the daily requirements of being a mum!
I came across Pure Feed several years ago as wanted to find a feed that was as natural as possible but still provided all the essential minerals and trace elements to keep horses healthy and with a fully balanced diet.
Pure feed has fitted this criteria perfectly and keeps all the horses in the best of condition.”
Contact the Pure Feed Nutritional Team
For advice on feeding your horse to help them stay calm and focused when ridden, or for more information about Pure Feed contact our friendly nutritional team. You can email [email protected] or call 01458 333 333. You can also request a free diet plan for your horse.