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post #21 of 27 Old 11-13-2008, 01:48 PM
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Grain has too much sugars which drafts don't utilize very well. When I first got my draft everyone talked about Dr. Beth Valentine's draft horse diet and then I got the book she wrote. Drafts need a high fat diet. She also indicated when I contacted her that prevention is the better route. So feeding a high fat diet even when your draft doesn't have EPSM could help if as a preventative measure for developing signs.

Better safe than sorry. I've been feeding a high fat diet since I got him a 2. An acquaintance always poo poo'd the high fat diet and her draft came down with EPSM - they weren't able to save that horse but many horses can be saved even if they start showing symptoms and switch to a high fat diet.

I know there are draft owners out there that don't believe in the hype but it's better than not doing it as far as I'm concerned.

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post #22 of 27 Old 11-13-2008, 03:20 PM
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Alright then :P
We have a very fat draft horse here and it's impossible to get him to loose weight without making him lack one vitamin or another.. :/

Originally Posted by RockerWFarms View Post
I spoke with my vet when we first got him, she suggested twice a day, and only about 2lbs per feeding. Since he is on free range pasture all day, two pounds in the morning and two pounds at night seems to work with him. My other 6 year old mare, gets the same thing, but my older mare (31 years old) and 2 year old get about 3-4lbs twice daily, due to weight gain.

My horses only get hay in the winters, we have enough pasture with good fescue and alfafa to sustain them even without grain during the summer. I feel better if I go ahead and give them the grain that way I know they get the minerals and vitamins they need. And yes I will say, they are alittle spoiled.

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post #23 of 27 Old 11-13-2008, 03:34 PM
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I totally agree with the high fat diet. My vet suggested Southern States Select as the best maintance diet for my horses. They have it in two forms, pelleted and textured. I go with the textured because of smell and the horse seem to enjoy the sweet taste.

I add a mix of vitamins and minerals to everyones feed, as well as a joint supplement.

Also the price per bag on the Select is about 8.50, cant beat that when you are trying to feed four very hungry pigs twice a day and pay the rest of the bills.

My husband and I are in our early twenties, we have a house, two cars and four horses. Saving money for us is very important, and if our horses are fine with the cheaper feed and it works well for them, then I am all for it. Some may not agree, but unfortunatly the expensive horse feed doesn't look to good when I have to eat it because we spend all our money on horse feed and none on people food.
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post #24 of 27 Old 11-23-2008, 01:48 AM
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trailering is an issue with the big guys if you intend to show. I just plain got lucky and went from an APHA lease to a Percheron cross-turns out he is Perch on Mommas side and sire is Belgian/ QH they think=but he is short and (a cartman -big boned)-lovely temperment BUT he is strong-extremely-strong luckily for me he was well trained as a youngster-do research as Solon and MTG say. The bigger they are the bigger the problems can be if you are not prepared. Do your work and the drafts are fabulous

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post #25 of 27 Old 11-23-2008, 01:35 PM
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That's why I just decided to keep my trailer. Impossible to find trailers with large sizes unless you have the 25,000+ to spend on a brand new trailer. I am sure glad I kept mine.

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post #26 of 27 Old 11-26-2008, 01:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Solon View Post
Don't feed them grain.

Read up on the 'draft horse diets' - lots of info out there, but don't feed them grain.

Last edited by xilikeggs0; 11-26-2008 at 02:06 AM.
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I also love the last pictures...wow....
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