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    Default Broodmare Nutrition Questions

    I wanted to know if what i've been feeding my 10 month in-foal Tb broodmare is getting everything she needs...she's been getting 6lbs(dry measure) plain beetpulp,2.5lbs Pro Adv Grass Diet Balancer,2lbs Envision Classic-divided am/pm feedings and free choice Tim/Orch/Alf mixed Hay...and i recently started adding alfalfa pellets too....she looks great condition and weight wise.....i just wanted to make sure that i'm giving her everything she and the baby needs as my friend who breeds horses told me that she gives all of her broodmares Platinum Performance Equine Supplement along w/ their "grain" which i believe is a combo of oats/and or strategy and Ultium? i explained to her that i didn't need to supplement b/c she's getting the ration balancer...and my friend questioned that and said that feeding a ration balancer made her nervous b/c horses were meant to eat grain? I always felt like i'm doing the very best for all of my horses by feeding them Pro Advatage,Envision,and Beetpulp...however she seems to think grain is the way to go?!? care to weigh in on that?

    Should i be giving my broodmare or any of my horses additional grain? or a supplement such as Platinum Performance? Why would you feed one over the other?

    Thanks in advance



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    Horses were not meant to eat grain. They're meant to eat forage. If you're feeding enough ration balancer to meet to her nutritional requirements, enough forage to meet her roughage requirements, and enough extra calories to meet her energy needs, you're fine. In other words, free choice hay + recommended amount of RB + not skinny horse = A-Okay

    Your mare's diet is pretty similar to mine. I'm sure you're fine .



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    The PN balancer should be fed at 3lb by this point, from a nutritional standpoint.

    Your friend is quite backwards in her thinking As said, horses are *not* meant to eat grain. We only feed them concentrates of various forms when their breeding (which we did in 99% of the cases) or their workload (all on us) means forage alone cannot provide all their calories, or nutritional needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB View Post
    The PN balancer should be fed at 3lb by this point, from a nutritional standpoint.

    Your friend is quite backwards in her thinking As said, horses are *not* meant to eat grain. We only feed them concentrates of various forms when their breeding (which we did in 99% of the cases) or their workload (all on us) means forage alone cannot provide all their calories, or nutritional needs.
    The bag says 2.5lbs/day according to where she is in her gestation...i will double check that..i was also thinking of starting to give her straight alfalfa while she's in overnight b/c she isn't too crazy about alfalfa pellets



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