Feed for Percheron

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Feed for Percheron

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    04-01-2012, 07:59 PM
Feed for Percheron

I will soon become the proud companion of a Percheron mare. Prior to me, this mare did some eventing, mostly training level dressage, and some jumping. She is presently on Ultium feed. I will be doing training level dressage and simply hacking out while working with her about 4-6 days per week. I am concerned that the Ultium feed will be too much for her in consideration of our activities. Would you please recommend a quality feed? What specifically should I be looking for in a feed for a Percheron that would differ from other horses? I have access to Purina, Blue Seal, Nutrena, Triple Crown, Pennfield, and Southern States. Thank you for any help you may willing to offer .
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    04-01-2012, 08:04 PM
Strategy is a very similar feed that is lower in calories. It's also made by purina so switching wouldn't be a huge change.

Drafts have different nutrient requirements than normal horses though, so you should check with a vet *who is experienced with drafts*
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    04-01-2012, 08:10 PM
I have contacted my current vet and made a few calls to UPenn, New Bolten. I will meet with my own vet in a week and hope to receive some return calls shortly. I am also reading the Nutrient Requirements of Horses, 6th Edition, which I think should greatly help. Thank you for the suggestion...I am looking forward to 'meeting' & networking with Percheron people :)
    04-01-2012, 09:42 PM
Look for a feed that is high in fat and low in starch/sugar. Drafts are very prone to EPSM, which makes it difficult for them to process starches and sugars. I feed a high fat/high protein/low starch grain in addition to canola oil because he is a 2 year old and still growing. When he is done growing he will go on a high fat/low starch grain in addition to the canola oil.
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    04-05-2012, 04:57 PM
We have two mature Percheron mares. All my equines, the two QH too, get crimped rolled oats, a heaping cup of cracked corn, and 16oz of BOSS a day with their supplements. Drafts don't need the sugars in many feeds, it doesn't hurt to put a bit of oil in their feed at night but some do not like it, my Smoke refused to eat her feed when we were using corn oil so we stopped.

Talking to your vet and assessing the draft you will be getting is wise. Talk too, to her former owner, I bet they would be more than willing to talk to you and give you some ideas as well.
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    04-05-2012, 07:24 PM
Thank you for your reply. I have talked to all of the people you have mentioned. I have decided to keep her on the Ultium for a while...she is doing very well on it and I have since learned that is one of Purina's feed that is lowest in sugar next to Enrich 32 (which is a supplement). That was a huge concern.
    04-06-2012, 11:58 AM
I can only suggest this book to you:
Draft Horses: An Owner's Manual

Beth A. Valentine

It describes the high-fat/low-carb diet for drafts and I've been successfully following this very simple diet for 9+ years.

It works especially well for older horses and keeps them in good weight.

Best of luck to you and your new horse.
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