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    Default Timely article on broodmare nutrition

    This is a very good article that provides the information you need in about the right amount of detail without being overwhelming. It keeps things simple, but clear, and serves as a great refresher course. Especially useful to newbie or greenie breeders who maybe feel a bit of anxst regarding the overwhelming nutritional debates that sometimes go on here at CoTH as well as other places.

    This was first published in 2005 by a veterinarian/nutritionist.

    http://www.animavet.com/FeedingPregMares.pdf
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    New NRC guidelines are saying a few things start creeping up in need at month 5, copper being one. It's not significant yet, but it is a bit higher.

    Otherwise it does seen to jive with everything else out there, and in a nice simple format
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    She does not state suddenly start feeding at 8 months. She states very clearly that feeding must be gradually increased starting at 5-6 months of gestation.
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    The first paragraph under "Changing needs" states nutritional increase needs don't really start until about month 8, "so for the first 2 trimesters you don't need to feed anything special or extra unless she is underweight"

    That is what I was talking about with month 5 and a bit of increased copper need.

    And nowhere did I say anything about suddenl stuff the food into her at month 8
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    I see where you mean. Later on, she says:

    Fetal growth, and thus the mare’s increasing
    nutritional needs, are a continuum, rather than a series
    of sudden jumps. So, that is how you should approach
    her changing nutritional needs. Start gradually
    increasing the amount of feed she receives from 6 or 7
    months onward, using her body condition and appetite
    as a guide. When she reaches her 9th month, expect to
    increase her feed even more, again using her body
    condition and appetite as a guide.

    It's all good.
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