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What will be the benefits of feeding a Fibregenix Feed balancer to him/her – will I see a big difference?
Youngsters are quite hard to always ‘notice a difference in’, as they will go through their daft growth spurts, and change from looking quite nice to looking like a bum-high lanky giraffe!! Prime Original is absolutely spot-on perfect for them! For a start, it will help to promote even growth rates. You will need to make sure that you increase the amount you are feeding as your youngster grows, so weigh taping fortnightly is a good idea – and just feed alongside a quality protein, high fibre diet such as alfalfa chaff, normal chaff and ad lib hay/haylage/grazing with unmolassed beet pulp if required for additional condition/weight. You shouldn’t need any youngstock mix/growers pellets but if you prefer to then just check and be vigilant for unwanted excessive weight gain. A fibre diet, however, is best for yearlings alongside Fibregenix Liquid Joint & bone RLF to promote strong, dense bone and healthy joints.
I really ought to feed her Lami Low-Cal but I thought she is supposed to be on Prime Original. Will she still get enough of a top up of nutrition for herself and the foal whilst she is on Lami Low-Cal?
We would always recommend Lami Low-Cal for any overweight horse – regardless of their individual circumstances. An overweight broodmare is certainly not ideal – and the last thing we want to do is promote further weight gain, so Lami Low-Cal is definitely the way forward.
Depending on how her weight went over the first 6 months would then determine whether or not to swap her to Prime Original for the last 3 months – if she is still quite a bit overweight then I would suggest continuing with Lami Low-Cal, or if she has lost some weight then she could be swapped to Prime Original as she is likely to lose further weight once she is lactating.
At the end of the day, if she’s still overweight and in foal it’s a good indication that she’ll have plenty to give to the foal once it arrives!
The amount of Lami Low-Cal can always be increased by 100g per day on top of the usual recommended feeding rate for the last 3 months of gestation, but again if the mare is overweight this often isn’t necessary. It’s instinctive to presume a broodmare must need ‘more’, this is why a lot of them are overweight to start with!