- Nov 30, 2002
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This came through another email list and I called "bunk" on it. I don't think it is good advice to tell someone to decrease the feed no matter how thin.I didnt think i >was over feeding i thought i was underfeeding as she dropped weight but
>here the foal pulled it all from the mare and got too big. So now i am
>afraid to breed again but will know if i ever get a mare again that is in
>foal to watch feed intake no matter how thin she starts to appear NEVER
>increase towards the end.
I have always INCREASED my mare's feed the last 3 months of her pregnancy, sometimes by very little if the mare was quite overweight, but again, this is after discussing w/vets and from extensive research.
This person claims this is "big horse" advice but that they are going with this for all their horses. They said they got a "monster" foal that was so big because of the extra feed the mare is getting it ALL went to the foal. I just can't believe that a size of a foal would be dictated by the feed like that....MAYBE make it smaller if the mare was truly starving, but usually the mare would suffer and foal would stay normal size?
Anyone else have this experience, or have vets tell them this type of advice?
It just sounds totally "out there" to me.