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Serious horse producers are concerned about their mares' reproductive performance and ability to mother strong, healthy foals. Economic survival often hinges on mares foaling early in the year, rebreeding quickly and nursing a growing foal that develops soundly. While achieving these goals in a herd of brood mares is dependent upon many factors, nutritional well-being is one important part of an effective brood mare operation.

Brood mares have specific nutritional requirments that differ from other classes of horses. There are differences both in the amount of feed mares need and in the nutrient concentration needed in taht feed. Therefore, the brood mare fits into a class of her own.