07-21-2011, 09:25 AM
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I was brought up with the advise that draft horses are fed best with low protien and lots of it. Drafts don't fully mature till 5 yrs of age. In that time their joints, bones are slowly developing. In my draft horse circle, they start out the foals with a high protein diet, to make them grow and mature faster. The end result I have seen is the mature horse starts breaking down at an early age. I have a 26yr old mare that looks half her age, and reciently lost a 29 yr old mare that was still used in parades.