Long story short I rescued a Belgian two years ago and sold him 8 months later after putting miles of training on him and weight as well as fixing his feet and building much needed trust.
I got a call at the beginning of june from the lady saying she didn't want him anymore and had him up for sale. I said to take the add down and I'd come get him. So I have my big giant back. I'm happy to keep him at home with my girls and my stud. Lestat and him will be pasture buddies after he's done with his week of settling in.
When I sent him off with her last January I had him loading with a lead rope over his neck telling him to get in and shutting the divider. He stood patiently and waited to be backed out. I had him loading in my custom draft 3 horse slant, 7'6 tall 7'2 wide. Comfortable for a horse his size (19.2).
When I picked him up she had been hauling him in a 6'8 2 horse slant 7 foot wide. Poor guy was shaking when I went to load him into my trailer. I had to load and unload 6 times before I convinced him the hay was better than coming back out and finally got him locked in. Unloading he almost flew out of the trailer and was drenched in sweat so I'm sure he's somewhat claustrophobic of small spaces now. I had to remind him of his space and manners and after getting him to drop his head he took off running in his pasture before finding 3 suitable roll spots and then finally settled down.
The lady I sold him two has had some nasty life issues come up so I was happy to take him back. She couldn't handle or work with him much at all anymore and I would much rather he be back home with me.
This time around I'm not shelling out 1100 dollars a month to feed the big guy and pay board, this time all my horses are at my house and that money can go to feeding all of them. Come to find out the money I putting forward for him and buying the extra feed was going to everybody else in the barn when I wasn't around to watch it being fed to him and only him. Wonderful. So at least now I can make sure I'm feeding him at my house and he'll be under my watch. Over all I'm happy.
Anyway I wanted to introduce sammy back! I don't have any updated pictures just yet but I will get some. She kept his weight up and I'm expecting some weight loss just because of the stressful move for him. After my stalls are build (another week or so) I'm looking at putting him on some supplements and I was wondering what is a good draft grain supplement or oil to help put some more weight on him? He's not a fan of the beat pulp I feed and turned his bucket upside down before stomping it into the ground. I'm hoping maybe that will change when he's fed in a stall but if not I still plan on giving him some kind of weight builder supplement ontop of his hay.
Right now he's getting 6 flakes daily but since he's on 24/7 turn out I'm thinking of maybe tossing a bale out there and letting him sort through it himself sort of like free choice? I'm a little iffy on that since the weather can't seem to make up it's mind on raining or being dry and I wouldn't want him ingesting moldy hay.
Any suggestions on draft appropriate weight building grain or even how to use oil? I'm getting his teeth done very soon, she hasn't done them since I sold him and that was about 1.6 years ago. I had them done before I sold him. Poor guy.