When horse owners hear the word “colostrum,” many think of the immunity-building, infection-fighting immunoglobulin G—a protein found in the mare’s first milk. According to a recent study, however, colostrum has several elements that benefit foals.
Providing adequate nutrition for the mare as she transitions from one trimester to the next need not be difficult. Use the following six guidelines to stay on track, helping to ensure the delivery of a healthy, nutritionally robust foal.
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High-quality colostrum nourishes foals and protects them from disease-causing pathogens, while colostrum of lesser quality can leave a foal ill-equipped to handle pathogenic assaults. How can owners ensure their mares produce top-of-the-line colostrum?
One proposed hypothesis explains that poor semen quality following cooling involves the production of high levels of free radicals that damage sperm cell membranes. With this in mind, several research groups attempted to add antioxidants to collected semen samples as protection from free radical damage.
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Could a lack of calcium in my mare's diet cause symptoms similar to those seen in dairy cows with milk fever?
Pregnant mares require special nutritional attention to ensure the maintenance of their own health and body condition along with the proper growth of the developing fetus.
Researchers believe that fish oil, known to make cell membranes more fluid, could potentially increase the ability of a foal’s intestinal cells to absorb immunoglobulin G, a protein obtained from the mare's colostrum that provides foals with the ability to ward off infection.
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