Preparing your foal for a healthy life begins at conception, through gestation and into their first few years of growth. The right nutrition in pregnant mares reduces complications at birth. Likewise, the correct diet for foals reduces their risk of Developmental Orthopaedic Diseases (DOD), ensuring they grow up to be healthy and sound horses.
Pregnant Mare Tips:
1 – 7/8 Months : Increase vitamins and minerals but not caleroies.
8 – 11/12 Months : Increase calories and trace minerals in the last three months of gestation for vital foal bone and cartilage development.
Provide your pregnant mare with access to clean water and salt
When in doubt ask an equine nutritionist
Know your pregnant mare’s body condition score. A Barastoc body conditionin score above 4 adds unnecessary weight to their limbs. You can find this tool and others under the ‘Resources’ section at Barastoc’s website: barastochorse.com.au
What to feed foals: Foals require high fibre: low GI feeds like Barastoc Breed N Grow contains all the necessary ingredients and nutrients to produce healthy horses.