A few things...I have a ClydeX I have now had for 17 yrs. He lives mostly on grass and hay. Did so in VA, and still does so in NY-no different, so my guess is she will be just fine. He gets about a cup of pellets at feeding time just because we have to give him his Cortaflex-he is older now and needs it. I would caution about doing too much too soon. Go a bit easy on the joints until she matures. Not a lot of small circles, or jumping, for examples.
As for the scratches-it will depend upon how "hairy" she is. Im Va mine would get scratches even when I clipped his feathers. So, I have a med from the vet-I believe it is a Silvadene cream, that I keep on hand all this time, and whenever I see them start, I put it on. I have not had ANY issues in NY in 3 yrs., and I have even let his feathers grow out. So, I would say that it depends upon where you are. That said, I think it has to do with the humidity, and being in Georgia, it may be something you just need to keep an eye on, and have the cream on hand. Mine is much happier in NY-he hated the heat in VA. Just sweated profusely just standing there, so make sure you have her in during the day with a fan when it is hot. I also used electrolytes if I worked much in the summer.
I have never had an issue finding or keeping a farrier.....and mine has always been barefoot. I have a feeling that may have to do more with how they behave for the farrier than anything.
Have fun and enjoy her-they are SO cool.
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