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post #11 of 21 Old 11-05-2012, 11:18 AM
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that's why I really love the ration balancer - I just give her the amount the bag says and I know she's getting everything she needs that they hay doesn't provide
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post #12 of 21 Old 11-05-2012, 11:24 AM
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I am not familiar with big 6, but of it's your standard 50# red mineral block, it is NOT a source of macro minerals only trace. It's 99% salt. That's all it's providing.
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post #13 of 21 Old 11-05-2012, 11:28 AM
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We feed our Belgian free choice grass only hay (he gets bad diarrhea with the slightest amount of alfalfa!!). He gets twice daily 1/2 scoop of Purina Senior and 1 cup of extruded soybean meal to put weight on him. Some drafts have no problems with alfalfa and some are really sensitive to the sugars in the senior but it has worked well with our boy for 18 years!
Glad you got a hold of this beauty :)
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We feed our Belgian free choice grass-only hay (he gets bad diarrhea with the slightest amount of alfalfa!!). He gets twice daily 1/2 scoop of Purina Senior and 1 cup of extruded soybean meal to put weight on him. Some drafts have no problems with alfalfa and some are really sensitive to the sugars in the senior but it has worked well with our boy for 18 years!
Glad you got a hold of this beauty :)
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post #15 of 21 Old 11-05-2012, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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I will check to see if our local feed store carry it punk thank you. And I just learned after talking to the vet who did the prepurchase exam and coggins that she is closer to 22! But what can you expect for $200?
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post #16 of 21 Old 11-05-2012, 11:42 AM
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Gaww 22 is still pretty young, with good care you've still got a good 5-10 years of love <3
I would seriously recommend hay cubes too while she's putting weight on :) I use timothy/alfalfa mix. Soak them well and she'll get plenty of water - want to be careful in this season with colic >.<

She's absolutely adorable - I can't wait to see 'after' pictures
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Horses require about 2% of their body weight in feed daily to maintain their weight. So, if gaining weight is required they will need to eat more. My draft horses need to eat about 40 pounds each per day (they are all currently 1800-2200 pounds). Of course this is mostly hay, they each eat a bale of hay per day, but we do grain the ones that work more, or need it to maintain weight. In summer they are on fields, and we do not need to hay as much.

With drafts you need to be aware of Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (EPSM), and be cautious of feeding carbs. I avoid all sweet feed.

I do add minerals, flax seed (source of fat), salt, biotin (for hooves) and joint supplements to those that need it. If they don't need the salt that day, they don't eat it, it falls to the bottom of their bucket. We also always have a mineral salt block out in their field.

Each of our drafts eats a very different diet, according to their needs. We have some that don't get any grain at all. We have some that eat A LOT of grain to maintain their weight.

Just remember to use the percentage and make sure that they are eating at least 2% of their body weight to maintain and more to gain. It is important at first to actually weigh your hay and grain to assure that you are feeding enough.
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22 sounds more like it. Now you need to consider does she look like this because of age or neglect? Does she have enough teerh to chew the, hay or does she need a soft diet?
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As a draft you are going to want to have her on a low sugar&starch/high fat diet. A pelleted grain works great, try to sty away from sweet feeds. Adding a little oil or beet pulp will help her too! Having as much hay as she wants, such as 24/7 access to a round bale, will help with her weight gain!
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post #20 of 21 Old 11-08-2012, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much for all of your advice guys! I have found a diet recommended by Dr Beth Valentine that I think will really help her out. It includes pellets, oils, minerals, and a supplement for her hooves. I believe that she does suffer from epsm. A lot of the symptoms she has and her previous owners had no clue as to a proper diet for any kind of horse.
With her new diet I should see results in 4-6 months. I will be sure to post before and after photos in a few months. I am excited to see her get better.
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