I was basically talking just hay in the diet without any grain or other pelleted supplements as extra calories. Mine will eat less HAY
If I were supplementing and yes would be fat as well... You will get less of what is known as a "Hay Belly" since their innerds will be less bulky if you don't use only hay. I don't grain my drafts because of EPSM ,nor my lights because of colic. I haven' had a colic or tie up with any of my horses since I went to JUST hay and vitamin supplements like "Mormons Mineral or Millenium Gold" Some 30 years ago. I like the fact I can just jump on and go no matter how much they just ate. A full intestine with hay will give you this.
Its gods design that a draft be drafty and we used it when we bred for Angel for my husband. Deb will garr your teeth out at a trot but Angel is big and just floats. She is much more of a riding horse than her mother. Our other draft cross Wakina is also. Buck is narrower bodied than either of my draft mares and can be ridden more comfortably, but I just can't see riding in the chinese splits position anymore now that I'm older..
Debs body has low set hocks for pulling and if you were to show her, you want those hocks to be clean and almost touching when set up for halter. The chest to be wide and square, and feet to be big and flat. Scotch Bottom shoes are prefered at Congress and other big shows for a horse to win.
I have a picture of Debs sire when he was shown in Canada. This is MAX as a two year old
When he was 22 years old
Poor guy was just on 50 pounds of senior then and lost tons of muscle mass. He had no teeth left then and the vet that owned him put him down two years later.
Percherons, Clydes, Shires and Belgians have different show standards so you'll just have to check with the particular show you enter.
When I did research on the American Belgian draft, I found something interesting..It is beleived that Percherons and American Belgians are related. Blacks and Greys in the Percheron breed were very popular, whereas the roaned Belgian color wasn't (look up Brabant colors) So some breeders used the Chestnut Percherons from Europe and imported them to Amercia to get height. The shorter chestnut / Flaxen color Belgians were bred to the taller cousins to get todays American Belgian..Its why the german / Belgian drafts with flaxen and chestnut are so much stocker and shorter than our Belgians. The Marais and Faarceur line were left to be stocky for pulling purposes.. Faruceur was known for his light colored coat (might have been a creme gene or Champagne) and his breeding was used to create the light flaxen mane and the "Blonde" Chestnuts. His line was also used to create the Creme Drafts. Marias Line was very dark chestnut and the flaxen was more carmel colored.
Meadowbrook Farms, Warren Bros, and a fella by the name of Charley Orndorff were major factors in the 40's and 50's that set the breeding standard for todays modern Belgian...MeadowBrook used the word "Con" in front of their horses names such as "Conqueror". Deb's sire was used for breeding some of Orndorffs mares due to his old style breeding.. Standards have changed since then and todays breeders are going for height and lighter bone in the halter ring..
With Deborah's pedigree you can see many of these names and bloodlines of the foundation horses of the American Belgians.. http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/deborah+k+farceur