Up to 60% of an unborn foal’s growth happens during the last three months of pregnancy. As such, late gestation can pose nutritional challenges for pregnant mares.
Comparatively, unborn foals grow very slowly (approximately 0.2 lb. per day) during the first seven to eight months of gestation, causing very little nutritional stress on the mare.
“Dry mares in early gestation can be fed like a mature, idle horse,” said Dr. Karen Davison, director and nutritionis
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