A healthy intestinal flora is the basis of a healthy mare and foal
Pregnant mares and young animals easily eat 2.5% of their body weight in dry matter in roughage per day. If the intestinal flora is in balance and the digestion works well, a mare needs hardly any extra energy even until the end of the pregnancy. And even growing animals do not suffer from an energy shortage after their first year of life with the average roughage.
Problems that are regularly seen is that the roughage can be too one-sided, too wet or even moldy (dry matter content below 70%), which has a negative influence on the intestinal flora. As a result, the energy from the roughage cannot be properly absorbed and then additional feeding of concentrates appears to be necessary.
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