Horse breeding requires detailed knowledge of the mare and the stallion to be bred, and in order to produce a healthy foal, the breeder needs to learn how to keep the broodmare healthy. The list below outlines the nutritional needs of a broodmare throughout her pregnancy.
*First trimester-The broodmare does not need any extra grain or calories during this time.
*Second trimester-If the broodmare has quality pasture available to her, this should be supplemented with vitamins and minerals. Alternatively, commercial grain mixes fortified with vitamins and minerals can be used.
*Third trimester-The weight of the foetus may increase up to one pound each day during the last trimester of pregnancy. Therefore, the broodmare needs significantly more calories, protein, phosphorus, vitamin A, and calcium during this time. Additionally, the broodmare requires increased trace minerals during this time to birth a healthy foal.