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    10-22-2010, 07:27 PM
Is this normal? Weanling draft.

I'm new to this forum and I am really looking for some advice on my draft filly. Hayley is a 6 month old Perch/spotted draft. Her dam is 17.2hh and her sire is 18hh. She's already 15.1 - 15.2hh at her withers and 15.3 or taller at her bum. Is that ok, or is she getting too big to quickly??
I fully expect her to be huge and don't care if she gets to be bigger then her parents, I just want to know if she's ok. Also at night she comes inside and she seems to stock up in her back pasterns. Is this normal or ok for a baby? It seems to go away druning the day when she's outside. Do they look normal here? ( I know not the best picture I will be getting more later). She's not my first baby but she's my first draft.

Right now she's on Purina Ultium Growth Formula, along with Weight Builder, Slenium and E suppliment and regular mutli vit. That all my horses get. And she gets timothy/grass mix hay. We've looked a lot and so far that's thebest we can find that's sold in our area for her ( western NY) and if anyone has something else they think would be better for her please say so

Any advice on her would be great!!
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    10-22-2010, 07:30 PM
Green Broke
Doesn't the Growth Formula have enough of these extra vitamins and supplements? Why a weight builder? How much are you feeding her?
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    10-22-2010, 07:37 PM
Originally Posted by mbender    
Doesn't the Growth Formula have enough of these extra vitamins and supplements? Why a weight builder? How much are you feeding her?
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The weight builder is because she need extra calories and fat. She is very thin. Since she's gotten her food changed she looks much much better. We've only had her for 2 months. Honestly I'm not sure about the vits and stuff I knwo she needs extra Sel and E then a light weight horse. At least that was my understanding.
She's gets about 5lbs of her feed a day.
Do you think that she's growing to quickly so her diet needs to be changed some how? She definitely acts a lot better. She acts more like a baby she was kind of lethargic before.

This is the analysis of her feed
I do tend to worry a lot. And since I don't know I may be more apt to ask more stupid questions
    10-22-2010, 07:41 PM
Green Broke
No stupid questions! Just be careful what you feed a young growing horse. I would call and ask a vet and tell them how much she weighs and all that you are giving her and how much. Let them know about the stiffness. A call costs nothing but feeding her wrong can cost a lot! Good luck!
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    10-22-2010, 07:44 PM
Originally Posted by mbender    
No stupid questions! Just be careful what you feed a young growing horse. I would call and ask a vet and tell them how much she weighs and all that you are giving her and how much. Let them know about the stiffness. A call costs nothing but feeding her wrong can cost a lot! Good luck!
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Oh she is most definitely not stiff.. When I say stocking up she just gets a little bit of fluid I guess you can call it in her pasterns.. No heat or stiffness or soreness nothing like that. It doesn't bother her at all.

Thank you for your advice!! :)
    10-23-2010, 09:59 PM
Sounds like she's going to be a tall girl. My draft cross gelding was about 14.3 at 11 mos and he's now 6 yrs. Old and 18 hds. Ultium is supposed to be a very good feed for drafts. We can't get it in my area so I have to use Purina Strategy instead, which is a good feed but not as high in fats as the Ultium. Goodluck with her and keep us updated with pictures of her!
    10-24-2010, 12:02 AM
Thank you :) ^^ I'm glad that Ultium is a good feed for drafts I've looked a lot of stuff up and that seems to be the best feed in this area of her. She's definitely doing better on it. Haha I hope Hayley stops growing so fast then. She is JUST 6 month old (as of the 20th) lol 18 hands is plenty tall lol :P

I taped her yesterday, She's 14.3hh at her withers and 15.3hh at her bum ( can anyone say bum high haha)

And I couple pictures of her nothing fantastic but I think she's adorable

    10-24-2010, 08:57 PM
I'd limit her exercise a bit...She is swelling since she is growing to fast..Common in draft crosses from large parents..Not bad for her to be thin..she is a baby and you should see some ribs. I don't ever feed any type of grain..Angel got hay pellets and beet pulp..her mineral supplement was either millenium gold vitamins or mormans mineral added to her food..It did take awhile for her joints to close..

I think your girl is very beautiful! I would love you to keep us updated as she grows!


Sounds like your going to end up with a 17 hand plus one like we did!
This was Angel at 6 months old the day we weaned her

At 7 months (i'm 5'6")

All grown up at 5 years old
    10-26-2010, 12:00 AM
Aww your little girl is so cute!!! So the stocking up would be because she's growing so fast.. Is she growing too fast to where we need to worry?

You're girl looks a lot stockier then Hayley, even in your 7 month old picture. Right now Hayley is ALL legs. The only thing she really does is go out to pasture for I don't know anywhere form 6-10 hours a day usually, but it's not like she's out there running like a crazy girl the whole times she's usually pretty quiet.

I don't want he5r fat I knwo that can hurt her.. She's looking better but she had a pop belly, regardless of being wormed and was very ribby, her chest was pretty hollow in the front too. She's doing much better now.

Hayley was only 3 months when she was weaned, the breeder weaned her early to so she could sell her I guess.. I'm not sure. We got Hayley when she was a few weeks from being 4 months old and she said she had been weaned for 3 weeks or month already.

She is the sweetest baby I adore everything about her. I love her ears and her huge brown eyes, and the look she gives me every time I take pictures of her.. I swear she doesn't look that terrified all the time haha
Just for size comparison this was me and Hayley a month ago, I'm 5'10" She's grown since then

Hayley as a newborn

Her dam is 17.2

The picture that made me fall in love with this beautiful little girl

And this is her sire at 18hh

    10-26-2010, 12:53 AM
Ou put some weight on that girl and she will be plump too!..Her belly is looking pot bellied because she has a big frame without any roundness to her..yet...Angel was always plump..Her moms milk was really rich and she milked liked a Gernsey! Angel was not shy about eating at the milk bar more than she should have....In her last picture she had her winter wollies on and yes she was also a bit overweight from free feeding round bales...

She is going to grow fast...drafts do that ....I would just make sure you feed her some good feed (I prefer no grain for a draft) and the proper mineral supplements she needs for joints and muscles...Sometimes babies get that swelling from doing to much..If it is going away when she moves around...that tells me she needs to walk off the build up of fluids in her legs..Standing still might be causing the swelling from limited motion at night and too much during the day...Can you restrict her daily movement to an outside run for a bit and see if she is still swelling up when she goes in for the night...???? Just a suggestion...Sometime little ones just run like the dickens then try to stand with their legs shaking!


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