Mares and foals have unique nutritional needs. Fortunately, these needs can be met by providing a well-balanced diet and varying the concentration of different nutritional components including roughage, protein, grass, hay, and grains. Despite an adequate diet, various factors such as stress can also impair the nutritional efficiency of mares and foals such that they’re neither able to eat enough feed nor utilize the feed they do consume to effectively support fertility or growth.
The use of a natural equine supplement that aids digestion and absorption, thus reducing equine stress can help prevent many common health issues for mares and foals. Here are some tips that can help boost nutritional efficiency and maintain healthy mares and foals.
Reduce Stress-Induced Cortisol
Stress can have a devastating effect on mares. In fact, it’s possible for mares that are under extreme stress to experience severe pain, weakened immunity, and reduced progesterone levels.
Lower progesterone secretion can lead to fetal losses. Stress in broodmares may be caused by a variety of factors such as:
- Transportation of the mare over a long distance for breeding
- Poor nutrition, especially due to the increased nutritional needs
- Poor body condition including being overweight or underweight
- Sudden changes in weather including extreme heat
- Isolation from other horses in the band during breeding
- Weaning of her foal
Stress can be reduced by a variety of methods including improving diet, giving adequate exercise, addressing the horse’s social needs and providing more emotional and physical attention and support.