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texasreb 08-11-2012 03:46 PM

Care and feeding of a Clydesdale mare
My husband just purchased a pregnant 5 year old Clydesdale mare.

I know how to care for a light horse, but I really have no clue when it comes to feeding a draft mare.

The farm she came from fed her, "a scoop of 12% sweet feed; a scoop of oats; some supplements; and some loose salt." She did not say what supplements, what kind of sweet feed, or anything other than what I quoted.

Since we've had her, she's only on grass hay.

What should I be doing for her? She has access to water (of course) and a trace mineral salt block. There is some grass in the pasture and we feed her hay. We live in a hot climate.

Left Hand Percherons 08-11-2012 07:48 PM

You're not going to feed her any differently than your light horses other than lots more of it. You can get into a specialized EPSM diet as a preventative but until she shows you thatshe needs it, I wouldn't. I would put all the horses on a nice vitamin mineral blend (ditch the ”mineral” block as it's really only a colored salt lick at 99% salt). Look for a product that is about 20% calcium and 10% phosphorus with vitamin A values around 100,000 IU or better. everything else will fall into place when these values are met (20% salt). She is still growing (clydes easily grow and mature into their 7-8th year) so something with a good quality protein (lysine) won't hurt. Other than that she will go through1/2 -1 full 2 string bale a day.
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texasreb 08-11-2012 09:17 PM

Thank you for your response!

I'm not sure about the EPSM--we have some concerns about her, but EPSM wasn't necessarily one of them. Would posting picture or two of her tell the tale?

Our main area of concern is that it is late summer and she still has a few long hairs on her chest and along her upper back legs. I also don't care for the worming program she's been on (Safeguard in May and again in Aug.).

We have a vet coming out to help us with some of these issues.

Left Hand Percherons 08-11-2012 10:25 PM

It could be from a poor deworming program. You could do a power pack or save some $$ and just use Quest. Don't worry about it being so soon after the Safefuard. It could also be the Clyde in her. Some family lines are very hairy. Beards, 4 inch ventral midline hair, feather past the knee/hock... Is it fine like her feathers or coarse pig hairs? Is she from TX?
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texasreb 08-11-2012 11:00 PM

She was born in Ontario, but spent the majority of her 5 years in Oklahoma.

The hairs along the mid line of her neck and those along her back legs are neither fine like her feathers, nor coarse like pig's hair, but something between. She doesn't have a beard nor does she have hair along her ventral mid-line. Her mane and tail are quite coarse and dry--I don't know if that's normal for her or not.

Also, she is 5 months pregnant (to be determined for sure when the vet comes). Would it be harmful to her/her foal to worm her with Quest when she was so recently wormed with Safeguard? I hope this isn't dumb, but I should buy two tubes of Quest as she is 1800lbs and dose accordingly, correct?

Left Hand Percherons 08-12-2012 12:14 AM

Is she a Carson Clyde?

I hit all of mine once a year, pregnant or not, with Quest. If you're not comfortable with it, than do the pp. You do need 1 1/2 tubes of Quest or 15 Panacur (go woth the multi dose cattle tubes to save some $$).
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Left Hand Percherons 08-12-2012 12:23 AM

Following up with a stronger class of dewormer after the SG is actually safer with less complications because you've eliminated some of the worm burden so you won't have the massive die off.

Do I get a penalty for a run on sentence?
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texasreb 08-12-2012 10:59 AM

No penalties from me for a run-on sentence! Just don't slip in to text speak and we'll be fine!

What's a Carson Clyde? I guess that means she not one, right? :-)

Left Hand Percherons 08-12-2012 02:02 PM

There are a couple of well known Clyde breeders in Ontario. Carson is the only one I could think of off the top of my head. They are better recognized for their gelding hitch. Did you not get papers with her? If she was registered she would of been DNA tested. What she bred to?
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texasreb 08-12-2012 02:16 PM

She's registered. Her breeder is MacGillivray's Glencameron Farm.

She is bred to Cal Eden Major Warwick.

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