Originally Posted by danastark
Let's see, if you get a draft cross it is more difficult to find tack because they don't quite fit the draft bridles, but are too big for the warmblood size! I had to buy one of each and put the pieces he needed together to get a fitting bridle! There are quality English saddles-I use a Thornhill Berlin, extra wide and it is great! Some farriers have charged me more for doing his feet but my current farrier does not, because he is well-behaved. He takes a lot of grass hay, about 5-7 flakes a day depending on the season but doesn't really need anything else although I give him flaxmeal for his coat and vitamins. I really need a bigger/taller trailer but luckily he is calm and I use my 3 horse slant..... I get a lot of comments like "How's the weather up there?" as we're riding or "Geez, that horse is huge!" Love him to death!
Eep! Don't say that (about the bridle issue for draft crosses)!! Aires is only two and already wears a large (1200-1500lbs) halter! It may be because Aires is young and isn't being worked much (not broke yet), but he gets two flakes of alfalfa a day (one morning and one night) and he maintains his weight perfectly. He's a little ribby right now, but I think that's 'cuz he just entered a growth spurt and we've started breaking him, so he gets worked. *shrug*