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.
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
______________________________ The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET
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.