Feed for Percheron
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics > Horse Breeds > Draft Horses

Feed for Percheron

This is a discussion on Feed for Percheron within the Draft Horses forums, part of the Horse Breeds category
  • Percheron feed
  • What grain should my Percheron get

Like Tree4Likes
  • 1 Post By CCH
  • 1 Post By DutchFeather
  • 1 Post By GreySorrel
  • 1 Post By lhr

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    04-01-2012, 07:59 PM
  #1
Foal
Feed for Percheron

Hello,
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 .
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    04-01-2012, 08:04 PM
  #2
CCH
Weanling
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*
Posted via Mobile Device
btru2yrslf likes this.
     
    04-01-2012, 08:10 PM
  #3
Foal
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
  #4
Foal
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.
Posted via Mobile Device
btru2yrslf likes this.
     
    04-05-2012, 04:57 PM
  #5
Weanling
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.
btru2yrslf likes this.
     
    04-05-2012, 07:24 PM
  #6
Foal
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
  #7
lhr
Foal
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.
btru2yrslf likes this.
     

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Feed recall - Western Feed LLC is voluntarily recalling two lots of its Kountry Buffe mls Horse Health 0 03-05-2012 01:25 PM
What is better to feed horses pellets or textured feed? BarrelRaceing Horse Nutrition 17 09-10-2011 02:38 PM
As far as horse feed are Pellets and Sweet feed the main two types of feed? nyg052003 Horse Health 2 07-14-2011 09:25 AM
What does it cost you to feed your horses their HARD feed?? Peggysue Horse Health 10 08-08-2008 11:35 AM
Percheron or Percheron/Cross Cassilynne Horse Breeds 44 06-26-2008 11:35 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:41 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0