Mare Nutrition Could Affect Foals’ Future Athletic, Reproductive Performance
We know that a pregnant mare’s diet and nutritional status can affect her foal’s growth. But recent study results suggest the effects can be far more long-term than previously thought. So long-term, in fact, they can even impact the foal’s future performance.
“The quality of the nutrition of both mares and foals is essential to optimize chances of athletic and reproductive performance in adulthood,” said Morgane Robles, PhD, of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research’s French Institute for Horses and Equitation, in Jouy-en-Josas.
Robles and her fellow researchers continued their FOETALIM project that focuses on the short-term and long-term effects of gestational environment on a foal’s future (read more about FOETALIM studies from 2015 and 2017 on TheHorse.com). In this phase of the project, they explored two diets’ impact on 24 pregnant Anglo-Arab mares. They fed half the mares forage only and the other half concentrated feeds and
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