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Breeding and Young Stock

SOUND NUTRITION + QUALITY INGREDIENTS = BEST START IN LIFE

Feeding a palatable and well balanced diet is a vital aspect of successful breeding programs. In order to give your foal the best start in life it is important to feed a well balanced diet that will support sound growth and development. To ensure your foal gets the best possible start in life, your broodmare needs to be fed correctly. Broodmares have different nutritional requirements throughout their pregnancy and there are different stages to consider. 

CONCEPTION TO MID PREGNANCY

During the first 7-8 months of pregnancy the fetus develops slowly and does not put a significant nutritional demand on the mare. Because her nutritional requirements are very similar to a mature horse at maintenance we recommend feeding the No-Grain Gold during this stage. If your mare is overweight, an easy keeper or is prone to metabolic conditions such as laminitis then the PonyPlus is a suitable alternative.  

LATE PREGNANCY

The fetus will develop rapidly during the last few months of pregnancy. In order to support this rapid growth rate, the mares nutrient requirements increase. She will need increased levels of energy, protein, and trace minerals, so we recommend switching from the No-Grain Gold to the No-Grain Platinum. No-Grain Platinum contains the same base product as the No-Grain Gold, however it contains added quality protein sources and has a higher inclusion of vitamins and minerals, making it higher in energy, protein and more nutrient rich then the No-Grain Gold. 

LACTATION

The nutrient requirements of a lactating mare are very high, and again her nutritional requirements significantly increase in order to produce adequate milk for the foal and to maintain body weight. For mares who are not maintaining an ideal body weight, WeightGain can be supplemented into the diet to increase the calorie content of the ration.  

When successfully feeding your broodmare it is important to understand how the fetus grows and develops so you can modify your feeding program and prevent overfeeding or underfeeding.

FEEDING THE YOUNG HORSE 


Now that your foal has arrived, correct well balanced nutrition along with controlled steady growth is vital to ensure your foal turns into a sound athlete. The biggest problem of young growing horses is developmental orthopaedic disease (musculoskeltal abnormalities). Here are some contributing factors:
The most critical stage of growth for preventing developmental orthopaedic disease is from weaning to 12 months of age. Always aim for optimal growth not maximum growth. A majority of foals will be able to meet there nutritional requirements from the mares milk for the first 2-3 months, however milk production decreases after 3 months and foals will need creep feeding to fill the nutrient gap. A good creep feed should be palatable, nutritious, well balanced and contain high quality protein.

When weaning foals, feed a high quality roughage and supplement with a well balanced feed that contains adequate vitamins and minerals to support sound growth and development. It is important ensure young horses are never overfeed and a steady growth rate is maintained in order to lessen the risk of DOD’s. 

At 12 months of age the growth rate slows, which means there is less risk of developing DOD’s. Feed programs should remain customised for a optimal steady growth rate. The high fibre content of the No-Grain Platinum will help ensure optimal digestive function whilst providing quality protein and a balanced blend of vitamins and minerals to meet nutritional requirements.


PREPARING YOUR YEARLING FOR SHOW OR SALE?

When preparing your youngster for show or sale we all have the same goal- to get your horse looking as best as possible to either win or obtain the top dollar! If needing one or more of the following, either WeightGain or MaxiCoat can be supplemented into the diet:


Always remember, aim for optimal growth NOT maximum growtH