Join Date: May 2011
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Thanks all! The colt has been on pasture his entire life, with a good Orchard grass hay in the winter. The seller's other horses are on much the same diet, but with some grain and supplements thrown in because they are ridden regularly. To be completely honest, this yearling is about as 'natural' as a domesticated horse can get. He's handled, but he doesn't get special treatment. He was on pasture all winter, with no blanket, and he was chubby when spring hit. Here in Alberta, we had a really long, hard winter - we averaged -30*C much of the winter and had the most snow since 1974. He's a pretty hardy little guy. I think as a treat, he gets a little bit of grain or oats, but he's never had sweet feed.
I'll ask about the farrier. Luckily, the colt won't be moving far - about 15 minutes down the road, give or take. In any case, I found my own farrier too. I figure I can try a few farriers over the next few months and see which one I like best and who does the best work for my colt. I want to keep his feet as natural and healthy as possible and I've read that barefoot and grazing constantly will help that. Naked hooves flex and through grazing all day, he'll keep the circulation up, which keeps the hooves nice and healthy and strong.