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  • Feeding a 13.3 hand halflinger
  • 5'9 on 14hh horse

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    12-23-2011, 02:29 PM
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If you take the approximate weight of the sized horse you plan to buy and multiply that weight by 1.5% and 3% you will get a range of the daily hay needs of that horse. 1.5% for a really easy keeper and 3% for a harder keeper. Maybe a touch more if you are in a really cold environment during the winter. For example - a 1000 lb horse (just using this for ease) would be 15-30 lbs of hay a day. If you have 60 lb square bales you would be feeding 1/4-1/2 of a bale a day so about 7.5-15 bales per month. That is as close as you will get until you get the specific horse in question. This doesn't include any extra supplements/pellets that a hard keeper may need as well.

Also - if you are worried about expenses, why are you looking for such a large horse? With full drafts and a lot of crosses the tack expenses are more as well just to get something that fits properly. If its what you are really interested in and just love them - sure save up for it. But if its just because that is what you think you need - you might be surprised at what is out there that could easily meet your needs and carry you that might not be such big hay burners and meet all your needs.

For example - I'm 5'9 and over 200 lbs and I ride a 13.3 hand haflinger which includes some strenuous long rides up in the hills that can last 6 hours. I've had him his whole life and he does just fine. However, I don't think I would jump him with my size, but if I had a larger haflinger - 14.2-15 hands jumping would be feasible considering their weigh carrying build.

My husband is 6'4 and has been up where you are at at one point and he rides a 15.2 hand draft cross. Its still a draft cross and plenty wide to take up leg, but smaller than some of the huge draft crosses out there so doesn't burn up as much hay. Just something to consider during your horse search.
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    12-23-2011, 02:58 PM
I am 5'6'' and weigh 200lbs [soon to be losing]
I need a horse 15hh Quarter Horse Arab cross
Or Quarter Horse draft
What do you think
    12-23-2011, 03:00 PM
I know this horse is too small for me he is around
I know the saddle is too small for me
But this is all my friend had
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    12-23-2011, 05:22 PM
Originally Posted by Country Woman    
I know this horse is too small for me he is around
I know the saddle is too small for me
But this is all my friend had
You look alright on that pony, I only ride a 13.2 fell
    12-24-2011, 12:20 AM
Originally Posted by Country Woman    
I know this horse is too small for me he is around
I know the saddle is too small for me
But this is all my friend had
my butt is too big for the saddle
    12-31-2011, 04:40 PM
I am in MN so costs will be a bit different. I make $12/hour at my full time job, and $8/hr at my "horse job."

My full time job pays my bills comfortably. However I wanted a horse and figured just getting one would be too tight for comfort on the budget. I got hired by a Morgan breeder to work on her farm part-time 10-12 hrs a week. That gave me 2 important things, 1. And extra aprox $400 / month. 2. With 50+ horses it gave me lots and lots of hands on with the not so joyous parts of horse ownership. I saved all the money I made at the farm and the experience was enough to let me know that yes even though there are some parts of owning a horse are not so fun it was something I still wanted to do.

Once I had safety $ saved up (aprox $2000 for any emergencies or whatevers) I made a purchase agreement with my boss on the horse I ended up falling in love with. I paid $100/month pasture board, and all other costs until she was completely paid off. While doing that I looked for a boarding barn (unfortunately Minneapolis does not allow horses in your back yard).

All said & done I found a great barn. And all though my mare is an overall easy keeper she does like her hay, and needs some grocheries on her. I pay $225/month which includes trims ($30 - I keep her barefoot), worming (~$5), & feed grain once a day & hay. She eats about 1 bale per day and that ranges from 2.50-10 but currently I think it is about $5/bale for good quality.

Oh by the way I am 5' 6", 275lbs and my mare is a 15 hand Morgan, she could go forever. You don't necessarrily need the bigger horse dure to your size. I also ride a 14.3 hand Tennessee Walker (with weight issues of her own :) ) and rides lasting a couple hours are quite fine for her as well.

One of the main things I looked for in a horse was easy keeper because of the lack of funds. I don't watch TV so not having cable doesn't bug me. I don't own any fancy new clothes,I got new barn clothes for x-mas (exactly what I wanted) I'm sure you can do it....track every penny for a month or two then you will have the answer you need. Sorry for the novel... :)
    12-31-2011, 05:06 PM
Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
That's kind of difficult to judge, yes we start from the premise that bigger horses need more food, but it's not always so, just like people horses have their own challenges with their metabolism, for instance my little 14.3 Arab mare eats more than my 16.2 drafty type, The big mare is like her owner here, show her food and she puts on weight
^^This. In my experience, barring any sort of underlying heath issues, drafts and draft crosses tend to be very easy keepers and more of them end up on diets rather than need extra food. I have 2 full drafts and 2 crosses and I've not noticed that they eat that much more than my standard sized horses but they all stay happily overweight LOL. The main place that a larger horse will cost you is pretty much everywhere else. Tack is harder to find and more expensive, farrier work is more expensive (some farriers won't even work on draft types), you use up twice as much wormer, etc.

With most drafty types, you'll want to avoid any kind of grains or sweet feeds, pretty much anything with a high non-structural carbohydrate percentage. Most of those types of horses do very well on nothing but good quality hay. If they need a bit more of something, I strongly suggest a hay pellet or hay cube instead of an equine complete feed as many of those contain molasses.

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