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.
Can I feed my pregnant broodmares alfalfa hay?
By feeding broodmares appropriately in the months prior to breeding, the likelihood of pregnancy increases.
Omega-3 fatty acids are widely advocated in breeding stock for various reasons. Studies have shown that stallions can benefit from omega-3 fatty acids, especially those used in breeding programs.
Researchers investigate the benefits of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids on stallion semen.
The period just after weaning offers a great time to recalibrate body condition and prepare a lactating mare for the upcoming challenge of another pregnancy and lactation.
Barren and early-pregnant, nonlactating mares have the same nutrient requirements as mature horses at maintenance.
The last couple months of gestation, when the foal grows at an astounding rate, and early lactation can be stressful for a broodmare. Stress can stunt the mare’s immune system, putting her and her foal at risk of disease.
Supplements containing eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), both of which are omega-3 fatty acids, may benefit breeding mares in numerous ways.
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