feeding a Percheron/TB - The Horse Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 Old 07-29-2009, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Indianapolis, In
Posts: 10
• Horses: 3
feeding a Percheron/TB

I recently purchased a Percheron/TB mix who is the biggest lover ever!

I noticed recently that he is dropping some weight. He is getting the same amounts of feed as my TB but I think I am missing something. He is not being used alot. We just ride a bit around the house here so no heavy work or showing.

Right now he is getting 4lbs of grain pellets from TSC plus free choice minerals, and pasture 24/7.

I have heard alot about Strategy and the draft breed. Is there a recommended feed from Purina that anyone can recommend?

Thanks!
Gutzzyhorse is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 Old 07-29-2009, 04:10 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 362
• Horses: 1
I would look into feeding plain human brown ride, jsut cook it as per usual, and also beeetpulp and feed barley (boiled before use)
charliBum is offline  
post #3 of 10 Old 07-29-2009, 04:16 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Indiana
Posts: 4,378
• Horses: 2
When was he last vetted, wormed and/or had his teeth checked? What is the condition and content of the pasture he is on?
themacpack is offline  
post #4 of 10 Old 07-30-2009, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Indianapolis, In
Posts: 10
• Horses: 3
All that has been checked. He's up to date on everything and my pasture is good and still looks good.

I am just looking for recommendations from others who may have had Draft/TB mix and may know of some special things that they need that maybe a QH or more easy keeper doesn't.

He is not sick, not dropping lots of weight or anything, just looks a little leaner than I like... I have just heard that Drafts may need a lower starch/higher fat diet and I am looking for recommendations.

Sorry I may have not been clear... :)

I ran across some Nutrena products while "wasting" some time at a feed store today so I am looking into that.

Thanks!!!
Gutzzyhorse is offline  
post #5 of 10 Old 07-30-2009, 02:36 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 4,138
• Horses: 3
Drafts don't always do well on grain diets. You might look in to feeding him a combination of beet pulp, alfalfa pellets, and a fat supplement (rice bran, flax, corn oil, etc.), no grains. Once his weight is back up, you can reduce or remove the beet pulp and reduce the fat.

Start with 2 lbs of the grain you're giving him, 1 lb of beet pulp (dry weight) and 1 lb of alfalfa pellets. Make sure the beet pulp contains NO molasses. Give that a few days, then add 1/4 cup of corn oil or rice bran. Give that a few days. Then reduce your grain to 1 lb, increase bp and ap to 2 lbs each, and increase the fat to 1/2 cup. After a week, remove your grain, increase the bp and ap to 3 lbs each, and fat to 1 cup. Leave him on that for 2-3 weeks and see how he does.

He "should" be able to maintain weight on 0-1 lb beet pulp, 2-3 lbs alfalfa pellets, and 1/2 cup of fat.

Good luck!
luvs2ride1979 is offline  
post #6 of 10 Old 07-30-2009, 02:39 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 362
• Horses: 1
beetpulp, normal brownrice, and barley (boiled) this mix is a life saver, esp with ricebran or corn oil added
charliBum is offline  
post #7 of 10 Old 07-30-2009, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Indianapolis, In
Posts: 10
• Horses: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979 View Post
Drafts don't always do well on grain diets. You might look in to feeding him a combination of beet pulp, alfalfa pellets, and a fat supplement (rice bran, flax, corn oil, etc.), no grains. Once his weight is back up, you can reduce or remove the beet pulp and reduce the fat.

Start with 2 lbs of the grain you're giving him, 1 lb of beet pulp (dry weight) and 1 lb of alfalfa pellets. Make sure the beet pulp contains NO molasses. Give that a few days, then add 1/4 cup of corn oil or rice bran. Give that a few days. Then reduce your grain to 1 lb, increase bp and ap to 2 lbs each, and increase the fat to 1/2 cup. After a week, remove your grain, increase the bp and ap to 3 lbs each, and fat to 1 cup. Leave him on that for 2-3 weeks and see how he does.

He "should" be able to maintain weight on 0-1 lb beet pulp, 2-3 lbs alfalfa pellets, and 1/2 cup of fat.

Good luck!

Well, that is good to know. I had not heard that. I will phase out the grain portion of his feed and move him to a beet pulp if I can find it. My local TSC stopped carrying it. (I'm not a fam of my local TSC).

Do you have any trouble w/ the alfalfa pellets? My vet used to against them because she was concerned with what they used to bind it all together to make the pellet.

Thanks a bunch!
Gutzzyhorse is offline  
post #8 of 10 Old 07-30-2009, 03:56 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: aylmer quebec
Posts: 570
• Horses: 1
My horse is percheron/arab, he gets 24/7 graze and hay twice a day, he also gets purina "evolution elite" after work (3-4 times a week) just to make sure he gets everything he needs vitamin wise, and add a bit of fat to his diet.
masatisan is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 07-30-2009, 11:52 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 4,138
• Horses: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gutzzyhorse View Post
Well, that is good to know. I had not heard that. I will phase out the grain portion of his feed and move him to a beet pulp if I can find it. My local TSC stopped carrying it. (I'm not a fam of my local TSC).

Do you have any trouble w/ the alfalfa pellets? My vet used to against them because she was concerned with what they used to bind it all together to make the pellet.

Thanks a bunch!
Most feed stores can order you beet pulp if thet don't have it. Check with a smaller local store, other than a TSC.

Just read the feed tag on the Alfalfa pellets. I won't buy any that have molasses or "animal fat". Mine are just alfalfa and rice bran, with the bran as the binding agent.

Here's an explination of a good draft horse diet. It assumes the horse has EPSM, which many drafts have, of all breeds.
Rural Heritage Vet Clinic - Diet for a Horse with EPSM
luvs2ride1979 is offline  
post #10 of 10 Old 07-30-2009, 11:54 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 4,138
• Horses: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by masatisan View Post
My horse is percheron/arab, he gets 24/7 graze and hay twice a day, he also gets purina "evolution elite" after work (3-4 times a week) just to make sure he gets everything he needs vitamin wise, and add a bit of fat to his diet.
Unless you're feeding the purina feed to him daily at the recommended levels, then he's not getting all he needs and you're wasting your money. Vitamins and feeds have to be given daily for them to be effective.
luvs2ride1979 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
percheron owners english_rider144 Draft Horses 6 04-19-2009 01:30 AM
Any advice with my new percheron giababy Draft Horses 5 04-14-2009 01:07 AM
RODE A PERCHERON! Brandon Horse Riding 10 06-29-2008 11:57 PM
Percheron or Percheron/Cross Cassilynne Horse Breeds 44 06-26-2008 11:35 PM
Percheron? kim_angel Horse Breeds 24 06-23-2008 01:52 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome