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    09-09-2009, 12:06 PM
  #1
Yearling
? for Solon, or anyone else experienced w/ feeding drafts

I need to add something to Tenacity's diet. She's getting skinny on me, being the low man on the todem (pastured with 3 other drafts). I've been told time and time again not to feed grain. I know carb intake is also an issue for drafts, correct?
I wanted to see what you think about this feed.... no grain, low non-structual carb feed:
LMF LOW NON-STRUCTURAL CARBOHYDRATE STAGE 1 :: LMF Feeds - LMF Horse Feeds - the finest feeds for your horses health

She is 2 years old, eating alfalfa mix (dense in alfalfa). At pasture, but no grass.
Thanks =)
     
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    09-09-2009, 01:05 PM
  #2
Foal
I like that the protein is low, but the fat is low also. I use a 10 protein/10 fat for mine. My guys are on pasture w/ grass 24/7, well I've been putting them in a small pen at night with a roll of hay, just so my grass has a little breathing time.
I also put about a cup of oil on their feed.
     
    09-09-2009, 03:27 PM
  #3
Yearling
Yeah, that's another thing I plan on doing is putting oil in their feed. Thanks =)
     
    09-10-2009, 08:53 PM
  #4
Yearling
I belong to a draft horse forum and here is a link to the topic of feeding a draft horse properly:

Draft Horse Resource Chat Board • View topic - EPSM and the Added Fats diet.

This might help you more with understanding her dietary needs.
     
    09-11-2009, 03:24 AM
  #5
Yearling
Awesome! I never thought to look for a draft forum. Thanks for the link =)
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Originally Posted by danastark    
I belong to a draft horse forum and here is a link to the topic of feeding a draft horse properly:

Draft Horse Resource Chat Board • View topic - EPSM and the Added Fats diet.

This might help you more with understanding her dietary needs.
     
    09-19-2009, 08:52 PM
  #6
Yearling
Well, I've added a low-carb pellet feed (no grain) and Sand Clear to her diet. I'm also going to introduce vegetable oil soon. She's starting to look a little better. The pushy mare she's with is getting really fat, so I know where her hay is going =/
     
    09-20-2009, 01:21 PM
  #7
Guest
If the photo is of Tenacity. Then she has some shire blood somewhere in her veins. At 2 she is a growing girl and she'll keep on growing.
One thing you might think of is simply giving her more.
Plus of course make sure she gets a fair share of what is hers - if she is living with other horses.

And don't forget the regular worming.

Barry G

Oh, I wish I had this slimming problem with my Irish Draft - she the huzzy keeps putting that weight on.
     
    09-20-2009, 01:24 PM
  #8
Yearling
Thanks! Just curious, what makes you think she has Shire blood in her? She doesn't have papers, so its possible. She is in pasture with a 2 year old shire and she resembles him more than the clyde mare she is with. I do worm her. I just got her nt long ago and she's due for her 2nd dose in a week.
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Originally Posted by Barry Godden    
If the photo is of Tenacity. Then she has some shire blood somewhere in her veins. At 2 she is a growing girl and she'll keep on growing.
One thing you might think of is simply giving her more.
Plus of course make sure she gets a fair share of what is hers - if she is living with other horses.

And don't forget the regular worming.

Barry G

Oh, I wish I had this slimming problem with my Irish Draft - she the huzzy keeps putting that weight on.
     
    09-22-2009, 11:58 AM
  #9
Guest
The Marks of a Shire?
The white irregular shaped blaze on her head, and the white spots in her coat elsewhere.
Look at the lower legs - perhaps covered with long abundant, silky, white feather from knee downwards. Lots of bone. A heavy horse.
At least a hand space, maybe even more between the front legs. A big chested horse.
Big feet.
Flat backed - croup quite high.
A horse meant to pull rather than push.

But there again - you may only have half or quarter of a shire.
Who knows? One can't always believe the paperwork.

Barry G

Go a google, for The Shire Horse Society.

Barry G
     
    09-22-2009, 01:01 PM
  #10
Showing
Have you considered maybe separating her at feeding time so that she is getting what she needs (and the others aren't getting too much)?
     

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