Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Middle-of-Nowhere, Illinois
Drafts really don't need more food than a regular horse. Well, usually. Most of them are really easy keepers. You want to watch their weight closely because they can founder or have other serious problems if they're overweight. My draft gets two flakes of hay along with pasture every day, and that's all he needs (he's actually overweight at the moment. We're working on that). I give him a little grain in the winter, but otherwise he eats less than my Thoroughbred.
Tack isn't that much different, either, except bridles. You usually have to order them online, and they're a pretty average price. I found a nice English one online for $80. Saddles don't have to be huge as long as they're broad enough. I use the same English saddle for my TB as I do my draft, since Norman's back is oddly narrow for his size. You just need a longer girth/cinch. I also use polo wraps on Normy because boots don't fit him. Norman's always been barefoot, too, and it's $50 for a trimming.
Drafts don't require special supplements any more than a normal horse. It depends on the individual. And I feed my guy plain oats when he does get grain, along with a cup of roasted soybeans which is good for their coats.
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Last edited by Jessabel; 08-02-2009 at 08:18 PM.