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post #1 of 8 Old 09-10-2012, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Help with Clydesdale food and Whoa and standing still????

Hi everyone new here just got are 11 year old Clydesdale on Saturday .She is gorgeous and everything I have been looking for in a horse.I have been looking since the start of the summer and finally found what we wanted Friday and got her home Saturday.She is all around very good and listens well.We are having a few issues with her standing still and stopping(.How do I teach her to stand still the stopping I read in another post The whoa starts on the ground which I will do does this apply to the standing still also?.She is 17.2 hands and when I am starting to get up she moves ..My other question is how much hay should she be eating a day and should I give her grain?Where I got her she was for horse back riding and they only had her the summer and never fed her grains should I start?

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Can you elaborate on the problems you're having with stopping/standing still? Are you trying to get her to ground tie? Or is it a leading problem?

For feed, I'd avoid grains. Drafts in particular are prone to a number of issues, ranging from founder to shivers, etc, that are made worse by high starch/sugar feeds. I'd start off with 1.5-2% of her ideal body weight in hay, plus either a ration balancer or vit/min supplement. Watch her weight closely and if she starts dropping, add more hay, rice bran, or beet pulp. Many drafts are surprisingly easy keepers, though.
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... you got a horse without knowing anything? and a draft none the less? no one can really tell you how much they eat as my one gelding is a little bit taller then my other one but he eats almost twice as much as he does. get a trainer...
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HarleyWood~No I did not get a horse with out knowing anything I have 2 minis which you can see his little legs in the back ground lol..and I use to have 2 tb and a cross work horse and 1 QH for 6 year it's been 11 years since I have had a horse.I am asking to be sure as there are so many different opinions and there is different food out there since I had big horses.

verona1016~When me or my girls are riding her and we have to switch she won't stand still .Hubby needs to help get the 3 of us off and on as she is so tall .She so big hard to hold her still and she will every now and then but most times not.When you are riding her also to bring her to a stop she does not want.I did practice with her today with ground training "Start by walking say whoa stop here back her up. Keep doing this until he start to stop at the word even if you do not and starts to back up".she did great on the ground.

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Wow - Big horse
Drafts are good keepers but they still eat a lot
Hay should be her main feed (other than grazing) but to give her the extra nutrients she needs I would suggest non molassed sugar beet and a good low starch/low sugar complete feed with some chaff mixed in to bulk it up a bit.
She currently looks to be on the lean side but as she picks up you do need to watch her waistline as they are a breed prone to laminitis and IRS
You have to be really tough on her with the mounting thing - she is so big that once she realises she can push you around you have a real battle on your hands
If its not possible for the person holding her to hang on then you could try having her stood faced onto a gate or fence so she can't physically move forward and has to be turned away from it once under saddle
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I have a Clyde X, and I can say he practically lives on air. He gets less than a 1/2 cup of pelleted feed twice a day-just enough to make him not feel left out at feeding time. He does not require much hay-4-6 flakes in the "off" season, and a grazing muzzle in the summer as he is no longer in work and gets too fat. I would recommend you ask the previous owner what they fed. That makes the most sense.
FYI-Minis are not pertinent to ANY "regular" or draft. They are totally different in their needs.
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Lovely mare. Congratulations. In your photo you are wearing what appear to be crocs. Since you now own a draft, you might want to consider some better toe protection. Boots aren't just for riding they are for chores and grooming as well. (my DH learned this the hard way and earned himself a trip to the emergency room courtesy of a Percheron foot). Might want to get yourself a copy of It's the "bible" of draft horse feeding plus has lots of basic big horse info.
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There are lots of good videos on YouTube that address a horse walking off during mounting/unmounting. Here's one that I like:

It might be worth buying/building a tall mounting block and training her to line up to & stand still at it.
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