A long checklist of items must be addressed prior to breeding a mare: sire selection, breeding soundness examination, vaccination and deworming review, and assessment of body weight and nutritional status.
By feeding broodmares appropriately in the months prior to breeding, the likelihood of pregnancy increases.
As a mare's pregnancy advances to the last three or four months owners should re-evaluate feeding strategies to support the upswing in energy and other nutrients necessary for rapid growth of the fetus.
Providing adequate nutrition for the mare as she transitions from one trimester to the next need not be difficult. Use the following six guidelines to stay on track, helping to ensure the delivery of a healthy, nutritionally robust foal.
Can nutrition cause retained placentas in broodmares?
Stallions work hard to fulfill their breeding duties each year, with some popular Thoroughbreds covering almost 200 mares in a single season. When those stallions become so-called “shuttle stallions,” does their success rate remain constant, or are they overworked?
When horse owners hear the word “colostrum,” many think of the immunity-building, infection-fighting immunoglobulin G—a protein found in the mare’s first milk. According to a recent study, however, colostrum has several elements that benefit foals.
Can soy hulls cause reduced fertility in mares?
High-quality colostrum nourishes foals and protects them from disease-causing pathogens, while colostrum of lesser quality can leave a foal ill-equipped to handle pathogenic assaults. How can owners ensure their mares produce top-of-the-line colostrum?
One proposed hypothesis explains that poor semen quality following cooling involves the production of high levels of free radicals that damage sperm cell membranes. With this in mind, several research groups attempted to add antioxidants to collected semen samples as protection from free radical damage.
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