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        07-29-2013, 04:53 AM
    Smile Good weight for winter?

    The hardest months of the year are coming fast (and seem to be already in full swing- almost) here in New Zealand, and I was just wondering if Luca is in good enough shape to make it through winter with ease. He IS covered and he is fed once a day, 2 and a half scoops of (soaked) beet pulp and 1 and a half scoops of Dunstan CoolFeed. I ride him about 2-5 times a week and he is a 6 year old Standardbred (for those who don't know I talk about Luca a lot...) Click on the pic to enlarge it!

    ^ his head looks so big in this pic, it's not like that in real life, really!

    But yeah, weight-wise, do you think he's good weight? He does have his winter fuzzies, but DOES he look ok? I'm not really worried, I just want to know, since he's a REALLY hard keeper, he can go from a bit chubby to rib-shining-through "skinny" in a WEEK. THANKS,
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        07-29-2013, 06:00 AM
    Just any opinions?
        07-29-2013, 10:54 AM
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    Hay will do more for him than any other feed. It's digesting the hay that keeps them warmest.
    I can't imagine winter in NZ getting too horribly cold. Does the grass even die off there?

    I routinely experience winter temps of less than -20C. Coldest I've seen it was -38F. Don't think the temp conversion matters at that point. It's too blasted cold. Have had winters where the snow was over my head.

    I don't blanket or lock them inside. They have free choice hay around the clock plus whatever concentrate feed 2x a day.

    He looks fine to me. I love standardbreds. Very underrated breed. They can do anything.
        07-29-2013, 11:01 AM
    I think he looks pretty good. But I know Standies are a little more difficult to keep weight on (mine is 6, too!) so make sure he gets lots of hay. I have no idea what NZ winters are like, but I usually have to layer up my mare's blankies
        07-29-2013, 12:31 PM
    Agree with comments about hay. With our mares eating free choice hay all day in the cold, they actually gain weight n the winter.
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        07-29-2013, 05:42 PM
    Oh yeah, I forgot to say, he gets free choice hay as well
    He is cute, isn't he? He's quite a character, though.

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