i am getting ready to wean my 5 month old filly. I will separate them. what and how much do I feed the mare to dry her up? and for how long? last yeartook a mare off grain and lost lots of weight. she looked terrible. thanks Joann
I wouldn't take away the mare's grain. What are you feeding her now? A mare/foal feed?
They say to dry the mare up quicker is to give her less protien. So what I do is I take away the mare/foal feed and give her her usual food that she is always use too. Like from 16% protien to 12%.
how much oats is your normal feeding amount . we have never fed that and I would like to start since I have heard that others do feed oats too. I have 3 mares (5 year olds), a two year old and the weanling, and a 6 year old stallion. thanks for all your advice. You have been very helpful. JoannWhat I feed with my mares at weaning time. I usually up their hay for about a week.
I stop grain for two days and then start giving them about 1/4 cup plain oats twice a day for about two days and then increase it a 1/4 cup more every two days for about a week (back up to what they need when not nursing a foal).
Then start adding higher protein grain 1/4 cup after 7 days until they are back to their normal grain intake.
I give them soaked beet pulp twice a day all the time and depending on the mare I might increase at weaning time to help her maintain weight.
I take them off pasture for 4-7 days and then start them out at a half a day for about a week then back up to full time.
I try not to let my mares get to thin before weaning. I have had some mares eating as much as 4 cups mare & foal 16% grain twice a day to keep their weight up while nursing.
I have also slowly decreased the grain the last week they are nursing the foal so as not to upset their feed schedule to much when weaning.
My mares are out 24-7. Moving around helps to reduce the size of the bag. I do encourage my mares to move if I find them standing to much the first few days and I will hose their bag down with cool water if it gets to tight and sore.