One of the most important nutrients to consider when feeding the broodmare is protein. During pregnancy and lactation, the broodmare uses a large amount of protein for either fetal growth or milk production.
Gestational diabetes in humans is defined as high blood sugar that starts or is first diagnosed during pregnancy. A study was recently conducted to investigate insulin and glucose interactions in pregnant mares.
Is my pregnant Hanoverian getting sufficient minerals?
What do I feed my already-overweight pregnant mare during the last three months of gestation?
While research involving horses has been limited, studies in other species have indicated that fertility and semen characteristics can be improved by supplementation with various nutritional products, including products rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Proper nutrition of the mare during lactation ensures she produces sufficient quantities of nutrient-dense milk to her foal, and it keeps her in optimal body weight.
By understanding the mare’s nutrient needs during the three stages of the reproductive cycle, an appropriate and cost-effective feeding program can be designed.
Season of the year, workload, reproductive status, diet, and climate factor into the volume of water needed by a particular horse on a specific day.
Careful observation of the mare following weaning will help ensure her well-being.
Though every mare should be managed individually with her specific needs in mind, a few general recommendations can be made.
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