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post #11 of 11 Old 10-26-2010, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Alaskadraft View Post
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!

So far the best feed we have found for her is the Growth Formula from Purina. I found another feed that was specified for drafts ( don't remember what it's called) but unfortunately it's not sold in my area or anywhere near me.
She was on beet pulp and was not doing well on it at all. She's gained some since she's switched from what she was eating to the new feed. She gets the Selenium and E looked a lot up and I guess they need that. Her feed has protein in it for her growing but I think it's not too much to make her grow to fast??
I don't care if she's huge or gets huge quick but I know they are more prone at least (from what I've read) to that disorder thing when they grow too fast. I would like her to put on a little bit of weight she's still pretty ribby and going into winter I think it would be good for her to ahvea littel bit more weight on her, but she is better then she was a month ago. I've read if she doesn't get fed the right thing she could develop EPM and I most certainly don't want that. I want a happy healthy baby and then a hapy healthy bige girl Hayley :P

Do you have any feed or something you think would be good for her to suggest? I am EXTREMELY open to hearing suggestions.. actually I'm begging for them haha.

I ask and worry about silly things sometimes haha I'm an overprotective hosey mommy. So bear with me and I thank you guys for answering my questions! I was, haha was.. still am with my now coming 4yr old filly that I've had since birtha nd now I wil worry about Hayley all the time too lol

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