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post #111 of 121 Old 12-31-2012, 12:09 AM
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Wow, hay must be pretty high over there in aussie land...or your horses eat a lot. Hay is double here from what it was 5+ years ago - its insane.
I buy expensive hay :P 1/2 ton oat hay rounds at $90 a pop, and they last me two weeks each. And alfalfa squares at $16 a pop, each one lasts about a week. Then there's each horse's large grain feeds on top of that, with suppliments out the wazoo [vit/min, sunflower seeds to darken, flaxseed oil to shine, epsom salts for magnesium, salt for electrolytes to replace what they lose through sweat - it's crazy!]. I have a young Thoroughbred and a middle-aged Anglo Arab... the Anglo is an average keeper, the TB is your typical TB ahhaha hard to keep isn't the half of it!

$100/week is between two horses, and is quite reasonable really!

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I buy expensive hay :P 1/2 ton oat hay rounds at $90 a pop, and they last me two weeks each. And alfalfa squares at $16 a pop, each one lasts about a week. Then there's each horse's large grain feeds on top of that, with suppliments out the wazoo [vit/min, sunflower seeds to darken, flaxseed oil to shine, epsom salts for magnesium, salt for electrolytes to replace what they lose through sweat - it's crazy!]. I have a young Thoroughbred and a middle-aged Anglo Arab... the Anglo is an average keeper, the TB is your typical TB ahhaha hard to keep isn't the half of it!

$100/week is between two horses, and is quite reasonable really!
Oh, then it is comparable to here. At current winter prices, top quality alfalfa is about 19 -20 usd a three twine bale (100-110 lbs). I thought you meant just for hay. My guys are easy keepers, thankfully. I have a friend w drafts (I call them little elephants)...I don't even want to know what her feed bills are!

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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Drafts are usually pretty easy keepers actually - they are bred to be work horses, and back when a good draft or team of drafts was a part of every farm they couldn't afford to keep a hard keeper! I haven't seen a single underweight draft except for one rescue case of a young Clydesdale that was kept in a dirt lot and not fed.

My TB on the other hand is on 24/7 access to hay, a HUGE grain feed, a flake of alfalfa hay per day, BOSS and flax oil, up to date on worming and sand drenching, had a course of probiotics... and is still about 20kg/44lb lighter than I'd like her to be. She's not skinny as such but in certain light you can see rib, and I don't like seeing rib.

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post #114 of 121 Old 12-31-2012, 01:46 AM
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Okay, well I have a little story I absolutely HAVE to share about the OP's question "Horse Racism"

So as a young girl, I dreamed of one day owning a horse, I craved any and all horse talk/attention/books/movies etc...

Down the street lived a couple horses and I became good friends with the owner and she used to leave her horses in my care when they would go on vacation.

One day, we were talking horses and she was telling me of her days in Nevada when she trained big wig dressage horses. She told me that the stupidest horse she ever worked with was an appaloosa.

I was young, I soaked in every word and many MANY years later when I was finally able to buy my first horse, I absolutely REFUSED to even look at an appy. NO WAY! Those words stuck with me.

My first horse was a grade quarter type mare. I eventually bought a "registered" appendix quarter horse to be my barrel racing horse and then I got married, had a baby, sold my first horse kept my gelding and then one day my neighbor was riding a new horse down the street. Solid black, so adorable! I commented on how cute I thought she was and my neighbor said "I hate this horse, I'm riding her for a friend who's trying to sell her." I said..."Really? What is she, a quarter horse?" I think so...yes, she's registered. "How much?" She didn't know and gave me the owners information.

I loved this mare soo much and 2 weeks AFTER purchasing her, the family found her papers and you can only imagine my shock when I saw she was a foundation bred appaloosa! LOLOLOL!!!

Nakiska had had 9 owners in 7 years....I am her 10th and final. She's turning 25 in February, I've owned her 18 years and if she was an ad in the classified, I would have never even gone to look.

Nakiska really opened my eyes and because of her, 18 years ago, I let go of the "breed racism chip" I used to carry and now I judge each horse as an individual because really...there are diamonds in EVERY breed, this I learned from experience. :)

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post #115 of 121 Old 12-31-2012, 11:06 AM
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I have a friend w drafts (I call them little elephants)...I don't even want to know what her feed bills are!

I used to own 5 drafts and kept them all fed for about 140$ a month, 40 in grain and 100 for good quality hay. Not too bad if you ask me. I'm finding my QP is costing pretty much the same thing as the drafts did. But he's a finicky old man.

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Drafts are usually pretty easy keepers actually
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I used to own 5 drafts and kept them all fed for about 140$ a month, 40 in grain and 100 for good quality hay.
Interesting. Well, I still wouldn't have a little elephant! I like them well enough so long as they don't belong to me. I have helped my friend on occasion w one of her clydesdales. When standing facing him, I am looking at his nostriles. That always makes me laugh for some reason, and puts me in a good mood, but even if they lived on a handful of popcorn a day...just not for me! I have a miniature elephant (haffie) - I find their personalities very strange - almost as if part of the horse was bred out of them...but lovable.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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No drafts for me either Missy May.
The only ones I have known were also pretty hard on fences. The belgian mare that was here for a couple of months could eat a round bale in about 5 days by herself.
Blueyepony alfalfa 3 strings are going for 29$ here.
Thankfully we grow our own hay here for the cattle and horses. Saves me plenty each month. We also do not feed hay from Mar- Nov or first hard freeze. Shalom
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Blueyepony alfalfa 3 strings are going for 29$ here.
Oh I know, my guy's one of the cheaper suppliers for alfalfa. But I could get oat hay for $10/square [no point though because they're on a large round] or grass hay for $8/square.

As for rounds, you can't get alfalfa rounds here. Not easily. I don't know anybody who feeds enough alfalfa to NEED something like that. Oat rounds are anywhere from $80 [crap quality] to $150 or more EACH. My guy is on the cheaper end of the spectrum again. And grass hay rounds go for between $50 and $100 depending on size and quality, and location. If you're in the city everything is on the pricier end of the scale for an inferior product, whereas out where I live [smaller city 3 hours down the coast] we get some things cheaper, like hay, and other things cost more, like grain.

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I entered my apaloosa/paint mix in a barrel race and I heard some girls making fun of him bc they were both on registered AQHA horses. I can still picture their faces when me and Scooter came out on top lol. PRICELESS
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I entered my apaloosa/paint mix in a barrel race and I heard some girls making fun of him bc they were both on registered AQHA horses. I can still picture their faces when me and Scooter came out on top lol. PRICELESS
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