Essential tips for feeding brood mares - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

A pregnant mare or a mare with a foal-at-foot requires a nutrient and calorie rich diet to provide critical growth factors and to ensure the best possible growth for the foal. 

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with the foal you need extra herbs to help keep her milk good and higher levels of Lysine. Most mares are pretty good if feeding a foal – a lot of energy goes into making milk.

In severe cases an undernourished broodmare can suffer weight, muscle tone, and bone loss.

Diet recommendations


McDowells Recommendations

Brood Mare Tonic

This combination of fertility herbs were traditionally used to normalize the mare’s heat cycle, to protect and develop the foetus, and to tone up the uterus for ease of foaling. The overall aim of this formulation is to help the mare produce a strong healthy foal with no problems, while prolonging and facilitating her breeding career by maintaining her own reproductive and general health and condition.

Equigesta Pre

it has herbs like fennel that encourage and maintain milk supply as well as help insulin regulation.

Equihemp-Pro or Hemp Pellets

this will be sufficient for the Omegas, Protein and extra vitamins/minerals) Our HEMP pellets ( new product!!) are really amazing for protein, extra vitamins and minerals and herbs.



Rosehips Granules are one of the very best sources of natural Iron and Vitamin C. They also contain biotin for optimum hoof health. Rosehips play a major role in kidney rehabilitation and adrenal function and can be used to prevent Azoturia or "tying up". Routine usage will completely rehabilitate kidneys weakened by stress and/or the regular use of electrolytes or diuretics.

With free access to a natural rock salt block, kelp or seaweed meal and the Rosehips tea there is no need to supplement with electrolytes which only deplete the horses system. The Rosehips can be made into a tea by mixing 2 dessertspoons of granules into 1 liter of boiling water and this let steep until cool.


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