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    02-25-2008, 12:07 AM
Do Drafts Eat More?

Stupid question time!! *grin* Just one of those silly puzzles that plauge the mind.

I am in love with one of the Belgian brothers at Saddlebred Rescue. He is just so gorgeous. He actually looks like my horse meets the Hulk.

My common sense assumptions keep screaming to me YES! But I just wasn't sure.
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    02-25-2008, 12:09 AM
    02-25-2008, 12:16 AM
Well of course a Draft normally eats more depending on the size compared to your average horse. I don't really think there are stupid questions here. Don't be afraid to ask. :)
    02-25-2008, 12:24 AM
Well, just had to know for sure. I've never owned a draft. Though if I could somehow find a way to hide ol' Titan in the tack room, you know I'd try it....Hehehe. Just kidding of course.

Look at this guy. How cool is he?
    02-25-2008, 12:27 AM
I'm a sucker for a draft.
    02-25-2008, 09:57 PM
Well, I suppose it does depend on the horse...I've actually read that drafts have a slower metabolism than some of the lighter breeds and that they sometimes require less food as a result. I suppose it depends on the amount of activity the horse does. An idle draft horse may not need much of a different amount than a regular horse...

However, I'd say in general, expect to pay for more food when dealing with drafts.

Because my girl is a senior, I do have to put a lot more food down her way to keep a nice appearance to her. Even as an idle horse, her food demands are large...

By the way, that belgian boy is just gorgeous!!!
    08-01-2010, 09:09 AM
Well... I'm two years late replying to this one... but... with my Montie - I was giving him very little grain for the first 13 years - Now I have always gone through a ton of hay... it isn't until this past year, at age 21 that he got skinny, so I finally have bumped up his feed - and got him back to a good weight. Yes, his metabolism was really slow, so...
    08-01-2010, 11:31 AM
It depends on the draft. My boy gets FAT, as in, literal rolls, if you give him 1 cup of feed and 3 flakes of hay (twice a day), while my mother's smaller horse gets skinny if you feed him less than 2 cups + 5 flakes (twice a day).

On a diet, my draft gets 1/2 a cup twice a day, and one flake of hay, and I still have to work him hard to get weight off of him.

It really depends on the horse, but I hear my boy's metabolism is pretty common from other draft-owners I know. My friend's draft is on grazed-down pasture only, and down right fat, while his other horses are a bit skinny.
    08-01-2010, 01:43 PM
Depends on the horse. My draft eats less than my riding horse. He keeps like an air fern. =] I suppose it also depends on the horse's workload, age, and size. My draft is only 17hh. The humongous Belgians and Percherons you see at the fair probably eat like elephants.
    08-02-2010, 10:25 AM
When Montie was younger, people saw his feed and thought they were just his suppliments, and wanted to know where the feed was... for years it was about 1/2 a cup. He is a little pudgy now - now that he is getting about 2 cups worth of Senior feed and Rice Bran meal. Oh, and about 2qts. Beet pulp. 2x daily. But I want him to go into winter this year a little plumper so he does better then...

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