Hey all! I am not new to the horse owning business, but I am new to owning a Draft horse! I just bought a 4 year old Clydesdale/Belgian mare.I have named her Phylpsy(Sounds like Flipsy) She will arrive in Georgia the last week of August. Currently Phlypsy lives in Indiana. Her owner told me that she is broke to ride but very green. Have been told she does very well for the vet/farrier. Barefoot. I asked today and was told that she is on no feed other than grass and doing very well.
So my questions are:Is it okay to begin training her to ride more at 4 years old? Mainly what I would like to use her for is trail riding.
2-Any suggestions on the feeding?Coming from such a different area,I'm not sure if the grass will be less nutrient-rich or not.Should I just start her out on only grass and see how she does?
3-I have heard of Scratches,but very familiar with it at all. How do I keep her from getting it?
4-Is there anything else I should know specifically about owning a Draft?
Thank you all in advance!