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post #1 of 6 Old 07-29-2013, 03:53 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 6 Old 07-29-2013, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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Just any opinions?

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post #3 of 6 Old 07-29-2013, 09:54 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.
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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

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post #5 of 6 Old 07-29-2013, 11:31 AM
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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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post #6 of 6 Old 07-29-2013, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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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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