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    04-16-2010, 08:28 AM
What diet is your draft on?

I live in Florida where the dirt is sand at best. We worry about coilic quite a but down here. I would like to here from some Draft owners and the diet they have their drafs on.
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    04-16-2010, 10:38 AM
I posted on the other thread but here it goes again. The geldings get soaked beet pulp w/o molasses, soaked alfalfa cubes and vegetable or coconut oil. Mineral & salt are free choice. Hay is mixed grass--usually about 2 small bales a day. Since they are only 20mths and still growing, I'll probably keep them on this combo for a while. (If our grass doesn't start growing better than it is, we'll be on the hay all summer too!)
    04-16-2010, 11:28 AM
I have round bales of grass hay out all the time, 12 months of the year. In summer the grazing is so-so here, its all sand and we never get a lush pasture. In winter I supplement with a flake of alfalfa in the morning.

I cannot feed my gelding anything besides long stemmed forage. He has a cleft palate and grain or small particles come right out his nose.

My filly gets 5 lbs of junior feed in a molasses free pellet form and 2 pounds of clean oats, divided into 2 feedings a day.

I keep clean water, white and mineral salt licks and crystalix tubs in the pasture all the time.

Do NOT feed drafts a sweet feed containing molasses.
    04-16-2010, 12:40 PM
I'm lucky in that I have a pretty nice lush pasture for both my belgian cross and pinto draft cross. Jake the belgian-x is such an easy keeper in that he gets a minimal amount of Triple Crown low starch each day with a hoof supplement mixed in and all the mixed grass hay he wants plus he's out on pasture 24x7. Dai gets Triple Crown senior (she's 20+) plus free choice hay plus pasture.
    04-16-2010, 09:28 PM
My big guy is on a grass/alfalfa mix and he gets a cup of roasted soybeans every day. We have nice pastures about five-six months out of the year around here as well.
    04-17-2010, 02:06 AM
My mare gets great quality timothy hay (I'm not sure the exact amount becase she's boarded), as well as an all-round vitamin supplement. If she was ridden more heavily, she'd be getting some sort of light feed as well. But as it is she's ridden about 3-4 hours a week, and almost never to a sweat, so I'm not too worried.
    04-19-2010, 08:29 PM
My Shire gelding [who's a REALLY easy keeper] has free choice access to a mineral lick, 3 hours of lush pasture daily [slowly building up to all day - in summer he's on pasture 24/7]. He gets about 1.5lbs of a Ration Balancer daily, along with around 20-25 pounds of good quality grass hay.
    04-20-2010, 04:39 PM
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My Clyde cross gelding is on pasture 24/7 and free choice timothy/alfalfa mix, I just keep the feeder full at all times. That's it for him because he's overweight. My 1/2 Shire mare, who came to me malnourished and is currently nursing a foal, is on 24/7 pasture and the free choice hay, plus 2 quarts Nutrena Safechoice, 1 quart Nutrena Life Design Mare and Foal am and pm, and a Smartpack supplement custom mixed (I think it's mostly Smartflex II for her arthritis though). My yearling 3/4 Shire colt is on 24/7 pasture, free choice hay, and 1 quart Nutrena Safechoice and 1 quart Legends Grow and Perform growth formula am and pm. My suckling 3/4 Shire filly is just on mama's milk and what grass she gets mimicking mama. :) All the horses have free choice mineral and salt as well.
    04-22-2010, 01:50 AM
My 5 yr old, 18 hd. Draft cross gets free choice grass hay (in CA we have Bermuda, orchard or Timothy), 2 lbs of Purina Strategy pellets twice a day, 1/2 cup flax meal (great for their coat), a mineral salt lick and when we have it, pasture.
    04-24-2010, 10:13 PM
My Belgian is on the "eat as much hay as you can before the other horses can then stand around all day getting fat" diet. ROFL!
I feed square bales in hay feeders twice a day in the winter lot this time of year. The horses go out on pasture sometime in May, depending on when the grass is at 6-8" tall. Sunshine gets a small handful of Tribute Kalm Ultra, a scoop of Kent Equigizer and a probiotic once a day. She has a real shiny coat and is overweight. I really need to work her more!

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