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Nutrition

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A balanced diet for horses consists of grass or hay, grain mix, and water.
The nutritional components of a horse’s diet can be grouped into five categories: protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals.
A foal ingests colostrum from its mother’s milk when it first begins to nurse, giving the foal antibodies to fight off diseases.
Diet formulation for Thoroughbreds requires finding the balance between nutrient-rich caloric intake and energy output.
Photo courtesy of Chanteclair Farm

Depending on its age and activity level, nutritional needs can vary greatly from horse to horse.

Pregnant and lactating mares, racehorses, and stallions require tailored diets to meet their specific nutrient and caloric needs.

Education Blogs

What are the nutritional needs of thoroughbreds? Chris Baker from Three Chimneys Farm shares some comprehensive information on equine nutrition for foals, weanlings, mares and stallions. For the first several months, foals receive their basic nutrients from milk. This means that the mare or nurs...

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Chris Baker at Three Chimneys Farm shares an in-depth video of the nutritional needs of mares in the third trimester (the last three months of gestation) and the significant growth of the foal that occurs during that time. Throughout the last three months, foals gain two-thirds of their body mas...

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Chris Baker from Three Chimneys Farm shares some comprehensive information on equine nutrition for foals, weanlings, mares and stallions. For the first several months, foals receive their basic nutrients from milk. This means that the mare or nursing mare needs to be consuming high quality feed ...

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Post delivery, the foal and mare take time to bond. The foal will attempt its first steps and eventually build enough stability to stand on its' own. Once standing, the foal will have its first meal of colostrum. Colostrum is the first milk produced by the mare just before she foals, and for not ...

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With Honors, a 5-year-old mare owned by LNJ Foxwoods, delivered a filly by Tapit at 9:10 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2019 at Claiborne Farm as part of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Foal Patrol Season 2.  It’s such an exciting time when a foal is born! To ensure the foal’s health, f...

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