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post #11 of 14 Old 08-14-2010, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Ok im getting very excited to get him! I paid his deposit today and I am looking to get him hopefully sooner than later!
I have some very NEWBIE questions----

Lunging--I've lunged my daughters pony, for about 2-3 minutes on each side. The pony HATES lunging.
How long do you lunge a draft? When do you know if they are having too much. I dont want to over do it.
Im a newbie to lunging too.....only know what i was taught with my friends horse and she was already trained so it was nothing to it.

Does anyone know of a book or website that would be good to teach the horse to work off of verbal commands? I have no clue how to lunge a horse and get it to walk, trot, and all that ---my friends horse can be told to walk and she walks while lunging. Thats what im used to. But the pony doesnt do verbal nor does the draft.
How do you teach a horse to slow down while lunging?

How big are your round pens?

I see a lot about alfalfa -- this draft is on hay all day, and 1 1/2 cups of grain a day. What is the pros and cons of alfalfa and why would you give it?

Flies- The previous owner told me she has had a heck of a time keeping flies off of him. She put this oil base stuff on him and it wiped off in my hands was terrible, like staining clothes. Is there something you all suggest for the big bad horse flies that i can try out?

I know these sound like silly questions, but i am new and want to make sure I do these things right.
I have a trainer i am going to start paying to come out when the heat lets off a bit. She will train me to ride and work with my daughter for that as well.

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Midnight - Daughters Pony
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post #12 of 14 Old 08-14-2010, 11:23 PM
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Well, he's 14 so you really won't need to lunge him unless he's particularly energetic. Usually lunging is done with younger horses before they can be ridden and with horses who need to get the energy out before riding. My gelding is 6 yrs. old now and I lunged him until he was about 5 and now I can just go out and ride and not worry about it.

Flies do seem to love my draft's eyes and belly button area. I've used the oil based fly spray and it made my horses peel....... I just buy the really good stuff like Tri-Tech and it works pretty well. War Paint is a roll-on that works well for trouble spots.

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post #13 of 14 Old 08-17-2010, 10:55 PM
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I have a 13 year old Percheron gelding. He's 18 hands and 2200 lbs. I'm 5'4" and use a 55 gallon drum as a mounting block. Not the most stable thing to use I might add.

Longing isn't necessarily that good for the big guys. I let my boy do a free longe in the arena. Not all horses need to be longed either.

You don't want to give the draft grain. The concern isn't so much making the draft hot (or sugar high from the grain) . Drafts should be on a high fat low soluble carbohydrate diet. The high fat diet can help prevent ESPM.

I wouldn't use alfalfa as the main part of the diet. Solon gets some for a treat but that's it. Good grass hay, a way to get the fat into their diet, water and a salt block are the only thing most horses need.

My draft gets the following:

A.M. 2-3 flakes hay
Noon 2 flakes hay
P.M. 2-3 flakes hay, 1/2 to 1 cup of Mazolla Corn Oil poured over packer pellets so he can get the fat in his diet and 2 scoops of MSM.
Two buckets of water, one for dunking, one for drinking
Salt block

The packer pellets are a complete feed made by purina and the MSM is for his feet which were horrible until I got him on the supplement.

There are some horses out there that do need specific supplements. The best thing you can do is contact your vet and find out what would be good for your horse. You vet can also tell you if your area is deficient in certain things. Our area is selenium deficient.

We don't have round pens where I board, I just use the arena.

As far as fly control, I use bronco. Just your basic fly spray. You should rotate the types of fly spray. My vet recently told me that flies can become immune to the spray just like worms can become immune to pastes.

Worming - have your vet to a poop test to see what kind of worms your horse has or doesn't have. They can then tell you how often you need to worm your horse. I was following the Pfiezer every other month schedule and rotating the pastes until my vet said it was actually not good for the horse.

We did the poop sample and found out he only needs to be wormed twice a year, spring and fall, which is good.

You asked if someone is more or less likely to fall off a draft vs. a light horse and that is all dependent on the person. One horse is not better than the other when it comes to whether you're going to fall off. Two things come into play: how good is your balance and one breed has a higher drop than the other.

Pros and cons -

Everything is a pro, I'd never own a light horse again I don't think.

It sounds like you have a trainer lined up and that will be good. If your nervous, the horse is going to know that so you want to build of your confidence.

Since you have a cross, you probably won't have to much trouble finding tack. The bigger purebred breeds used to be a nightmare finding things but so many more people are riding drafts that more and more people are creating nice tack for the bigger boys.

You can find some nice stuff on eBay too.

Trailering can be a big problem. I bought a trailer while my boy was still 16 hands and he outgrew it in no time. I don't have a trailer now, but we have a nice trail near where I board and haven't had any need to go anywhere else. They are starting to make taller trailers now I heard so that may not be too much of a problem.

The best thing you can do is buy "Draft Horses, an Owner's Manual" it has everything you could want for feeding, illnesses, health care, everything. It's the bible of draft horses. Get the book and read it and you'll get a lot of fantastic information. Amazon has the book here's the link:

Unless it weighs a ton... it's just a horse. Draft horse motto.
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post #14 of 14 Old 08-17-2010, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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I have a lot to say....Got my boy tonight. Im creating a new post for it.

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