When to Change a Pregnant Mare’s Diet

When during gestation should a pregnant mare’s diet change? An equine nutritionist weighs in.
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When to Change a Pregnant Mare’s Diet
Mares due to foal in January and February are reaching their last part of gestation at a time where they’re also most environmentally challenged, so they might need more nutritional help than mares foaling later in the year. | Photo: iStock

This is an excerpt from a roundtable discussion at the Kentucky Equine Research Conference 2018, held Oct. 29-30, in Lexington.


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Laurie Lawrence, PhD, MS, is an equine programs professor in the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. Her research interests include nutrient requirements of broodmares and foals, nutrient requirements of exercising horses, equine digestive physiology, pasture and forage utilization, and equine exercise physiology.

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