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Mare-Care Mix

Tailored nutrition for Broodmares


  • Flexible energy levels, when used together with Stamm 30® between early and late pregnancy
  • Supporting body condition throughout peak lactation
  • Meeting the specific nutrient requirements of broodmares during late pregnancy and lactation


  • Mare-Care can even be introduced 30 days before the mare's due date to provide her with balanced and appropriate nutritional support leading up to foaling
  • Provides a natural source of Vitamin E
  • Contains a properly balanced ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids
  • Contains BioMos to improve mare health by neutralising bacteria, such as E-Coli and Salmonella

Mare-Care is a specifically formulated diet for broodmares during late pregnancy and lactation. Body condition can be a significant factor affecting mare reproductive performance as mares maintained in moderate body condition cycle earlier in the year, require fewer cycles per conception, have a higher pregnancy rate, and are able to maintain pregnancies better than very thin mares. A body condition scoring system usually ranges from 1 to 9. A mare at the bottom of the range is emaciated and a mare at the top of the range is obese. Using this system, research has determined that a mare with a condition score of less than 5 may not have enough stored body fat to support efficient reproductive performance. Those mares are more likely to skip a breeding season than mares with a condition score of 5 or 6. This is especially prevalent in mares that are 15+ years of age.

Mare-Care is fortified with Stamm 30® for nutrient continuity, and has the additional benefits of flexible energy levels to control body condition when the two feeds are used together between early and late pregnancy. This feed can even be introduced just 30 days before the mare’s due date to provide her with balanced and appropriate nutritional support leading up to foaling. There are three additional elements to support the mare and the new foal at birth -

Natural Vitamin E is retained in tissues for longer periods of time, creating a reservoir that allows it to be instantly available when the horse needs it most – in times of stress or during periods of confinement. Due to modern management practices, including early breeding dates, mares may not be receiving adequate Vitamin E nutrition through rations composed largely of hay and grain and limited access to fresh pasture. Mare-Care will help to increase circulating levels of Vitamin E, which may positively affect fertility and colostrum quality.

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are necessary for the production and distribution of hormone-like substances which increase the chances of a successful pregnancy, as mares are more likely to carry their foals to term, and the foals are more likely to have higher birth weights. These findings suggest that mares with a history of abortion may benefit from nutritional support with omega-3 fatty acids. Mare-Care provides supplemental omega-3 fatty acids, which can give many reproductive advantages as research suggests that they can optimise conception rates and support fertility. Fertility studies have shown that the follicles grow faster, forming more vigorous embryos in omega-3-supplemented broodmares. These fatty acids can be passed from the dam to the foal through milk, so supplementation of the mare can provide for the foal as well. Supplemented mares produce richer colostrum, which could jumpstart the health of their foals to have a stronger immune system.

Bio-Mos® is a source of manna oligosaccharide, a five carbon sugar complex derived from yeast cell walls that is not absorbed by the digestive tract. It has the unique ability to bind with pathogenic bacteria and simply carry them out of the horse’s body. Bio-Mos® has also been shown to support the horse’s immune system. Studies have shown that the inclusion of Bio-Mos® in broodmare diets optimises colostrum quality, as their foals have higher IgG levels in their blood giving them added protection against pathological organisms.


  • Crushed Oats
  • Molasses
  • Lucerne Pellets
  • Barley Flakes
  • Soya Bean Meal (GM Soya)
  • Dried Sugar Beet Pulp
  • Maize Flakes
  • Soya Flakes (GM Soya)
  • Full Fat Linseed Meal
  • Dicalcium Phosphate
  • Sunflower Seed Meal
  • Maerl (calcareous marine algae)
  • Wheat
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Soya Oil (GM Soya)
  • Vitamins & Minerals
  • Wheatfeed
  • Mixture of Flavouring Compounds
  • Fructo-Oligosaccharides
  • Mannan-Oligosaccharides
  • Magnesium Oxide
  • Calcium Carbonate
  • Mixture of Flavouring Compounds


Ingredient Quantity
Protein 15.0%
Oil 6.5%
Fibre 8.5%
Digestible Energy 12.8 MJ/kg
Starch 21.0%
Calcium 1.27%
Phosphorus 0.63%
Selenium 0.60 mg/kg
Copper 50 mg/kg
Zinc 160 mg/kg
Vitamin A 14,000 iu/kg
Vitamin D 1,400 iu/kg
Vitamin E 560 iu/kg
Vitamin E Natural 190 iu/kg
Vitamin C 500 mg/kg

The feeding rates are offered as a guideline. If you would like to discuss your horse's individual requirements, please contact a member of our Nutrition Team on 01622 718487 or call the Thoroughbred Office on 01488 73456.

Feed Body Weigt Frequency
800 g - 1.0 kg before foaling, 1.2 - 1.4 kg during peak lactation per 100 kg bodyweight Daily
Feeding requirements will vary subject to individual needs, stage of pregnancy or lactation, body condition and feed management practices. To discuss the needs of your stud, please contact one of our Thoroughbred Specialists who will be able to tailor a feeding plan, taking into consideration all aspects of the diet, from forage sources to feeds and supplements.

BMC® (Buffered Mineral Complex) is a natural mineral source that is high in bioavailable minerals including calcium, magnesium, boron, silicone, iodine, zinc, and manganese. BMC® is used in all of the specialist feeds in our breeding range following extensive research by Kentucky Equine Research (KER) into the positive effects on digestive health and bone development.

BMC® and Digestive Health
BMC® has a high buffering capacity making it an important supplement, particularly for all thoroughbreds when hard feed intake can increase and forage intake decrease. Horses on large feed intakes are more likely to suffer from gastric ulceration, but BMC® is proven to double the buffering capacity of the stomach after feeding. BMC® is present in every meal of all Saracen Thoroughbred Specialist Feeds.

The prevalence of ulcers can be high for thoroughbreds, which can result in the frequent use of omeprazole. Researchers found that omeprazole reduced calcium digestibility in mature horses by nearly 18%, but did not affect the digestibility of other nutrients. Horses routinely receiving omeprazole should have their calcium intake reviewed and may benefit from a marine-derived calcium source, which is more digestible than calcium carbonate.

BMC® also supports hindgut health through buffering acidity found within the hindgut. As thoroughbred diets generally require a higher intake of hard feed to meet elevated nutrient requirements, the risk for hindgut acidosis is higher. Changes in hindgut pH negatively affect the bacteria that reside in the hindgut and are responsible for digestion. Through helping to maintain the optimum pH for beneficial bacteria BMC® supports digestive function. BMC® is proven to increase the buffering capacity of the hindgut by 54%.

Omega-3 fatty acids
Pasture is naturally abundant in omega-3, an important fatty-acid with multiple benefits including eye function, brain development in the foetus, bone health and joint health. Mare-Care is formulated to provide additional omega-3 fatty acids to thoroughbred mares as late pregnancy and lactation occur at times of reduced pasture intake and pasture quality. Supplementing the mare with omega-3 benefits the developing foetus and new-born foal as the mares produce richer colostrum, which could jumpstart the health of their foals to have a stronger immune system.

Natural Vitamin E as found in pasture has a high level of bioavailability. Natural vitamin E, also available as Nano-E™ in liquid format, is used in Saracen’s Specialist Thoroughbred Feeds to improve overall efficacy of Vitamin E in the diet. The combination of synthetic and natural vitamin E enhances the dietary effect of this important vitamin. Benefits of vitamin E include antioxidant capacity, immune function and increased IgG levels of broodmares and their colostrum.

Vistacell live yeast is a proven and effective yeast specifically studied in equines. Saracen Horse Feeds contain the recommended daily intake of Vistacell yeast proven to increase digestion of both protein and fibre. The markers ADF and NDF relate to various fibrous components found within the plant cells of both grains and forages. Increasing digestion of protein and fibre directly benefits the health and performance of all horses at every stage of breeding, growth and development.

MOS (mannan oligosaccharides) is a prebiotic proven in equines and multiple other species to benefit immunity in mothers and their offspring. Mare-Care contains research proven levels of MOS to benefit both the mare and foal through increased IgA levels.

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