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The nutritional status of mares is a critical component in foal health from the moment of conception and continuing through weaning.
Most healthy horses have body condition scores between 4 and 6. Healthy horses can be thinner or heavier, and certain life stages may prompt scores outside this range. As researchers study metabolic issues that influence body weight, it is becoming obvious that maintaining horses in moderate body condition may be much healthier than keeping them even slightly overweight.
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