Actually, Fiona has certainly had best of care and never gone hungry, but Finn probably did have some issues related, Freyja, the dam, was extremely thin and malnourished when I got her, and had probably been so for her entire pregnancy carrying Finn. Finn was 2 months old at the time, and based on how much larger Fiona is at the same age, I would expect Finn had some stunted growth from lack of proper care.
And yes, a lot of people don't realize that about drafts, and even if you do know it, you don't always think it though! I actually used far less hay over last winter than I had even counted on, I was left this spring with 400 bales still sitting in my loft. And when I purchased my hay last summer, based on my calculations I was worried I wouldn't have enough to make it through. It was surprising! My horses, at the height of winter, at the time there was the 4 of them, including Finn, Freyja (who was pregnant), Claymore and Misty the pony, and if I gave them more than 2.5 bales a day in the dead of winter they wasted it. Right now all my horses are on full pasture 24/7, I have 6 acres of pasture and 7 horses on it, including fellow HFer Amarea's Stiffler. I haven't fed a bite of hay since April, and right now Monty is the only one getting grained, because he's the only one not fat! I'm actually going to need to invest in a grazing muzzle for Misty.
Last edited by Indyhorse; 07-15-2010 at 12:37 PM.