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post #1 of 13 Old 09-09-2009, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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? 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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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.
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Yeah, that's another thing I plan on doing is putting oil in their feed. Thanks =)
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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.

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Awesome! I never thought to look for a draft forum. Thanks for the link =)
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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.
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post #6 of 13 Old 09-19-2009, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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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 =/
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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.

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Oh, I wish I had this slimming problem with my Irish Draft - she the huzzy keeps putting that weight on.
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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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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.
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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.

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Go a google, for The Shire Horse Society.

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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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