Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons
It's most unlikely that the shipper on her export papers is the breeder. Typically X bred foals are sold at weaning and they only retain replacement fillies that are purebred. If she were a replacement filly, they wouldn't hold on to her and dump her at 2. You can check her to see if she's microchipped and registered in the NAERIC program. There are very few Percheron PMU ranches left in Manitoba but what is there puts out top notch foals.
Also be conservative in feeding her. Drafts are very efficient with feed and can have explosive growth spurts that can compromise her long term soundness.
Thank you so much for this information Left Hand! According to the individual who owned her at the time she was found malnourished and in need, she was purchased here in Michigan as a six-month-old. The export papers say she was born in May of '08 and her first coggins was drawn in August of '08. I'm not sure what this information means. They have not gotten back with me and I'm guessing that I am not going to get anymore information on her past other than what sits here in front of me in black and white.
Now, I've changed my feeding a bit as I have been told by my vet to feed her twice a day with three pounds of senior feed next to three pounds of alfalfa cubes which have been soaked and softened. To the senior feed I've added an ounce of cocosoya. Please give me your opinion, does that seem excessive? I certainly don't want to compromise her in ANY
way! I so appreciate all of your information :) Oh, by the way, I've tried to upload pics but am unable to figure out how. I did manage to create an album on my horse forum account so if you would like to see pics please check her out.