Whats your feeding like?
Im starting to get more and more into the drafts and REALLY would like a cross or whatever I can get my hands on :) A while back I had stumbled across a percheron geld. who was only 800
buck-a-roos :shock: and needed a little tune up but he sold before I got to him. Any ways my BO said that I would have to buy my own timothy hay to feed him and more of the high quality grains...I know they need less sugars and more fat, right? SO I would like to know what kinda draft you have and what you feed it, how much?
OH and for my mare right now, (app.QH) I feed her.. 3 flakes orchard, 3-4 flakes local grass... Alfalfa, strategy grains... And like the BO said if I have to get timothy I would have to buy it my self other wise hay is unlimited... AND GUESS WHAT! My Ferrier does drafts! It cost more but that was already for seen... :D
I live in Australia so our feeds would be very different.
I have a Registered purebred clydesdale.
She is feed the same feeds as my Arabian, T/bred and welsh pony but just given more of it then the others.
They all get a wet mash with supplements and lucerne hay and I only add different grains to each horses feed depending on there workload etc.
But feeds are about 90% the same ingredients, just a larger quantity.
My Clyde cross gets the same thing as my gelding. They are both close in age and get Step One premium feed
Thanks guys! So my BO was kinda wrong, I dont have to stick it on all timothy...
I would recommend a diet created by Dr. Valentine :
Allegro, my Percheron, gets Strategy (probably about 3lbs/day - he's an easy keeper and not being worked much right now) with 1/2 cup of oil - we're working up to 2 cups as recommended by Dr. Valentine. He also gets 2 oz of RedCell/day due to a low red blood cell count (possibly due to a diet of sweet feed for the majority of his life - I've only had him about 6 months) and access to a mineral block. He gets pasture turn out for about 20 hours a day and then has access to hay while in his stall.
What kind of oil do you give him? I use to give my mare vaggie oil to clear up her dander, it worked really well!
You can use just about any kind of cooking oil - canola, vegetable, corn , olive, sunflower, etc.
Right now I'm using vegetable oil. I've used sunflower oil in the past and he didn't care for it too much.
I have a pure Percheron.
He gets 2-3 flakes of hay in the a.m. and the p.m.
With his evening feed he gets 2 lbs of packer pellets (a Purina complete feed) with a cup of corn oil and 2 scoops of MSM.
NO grain/sweet feed for your draft!
And yes, get Dr. Beth's book, Draft Horses, an Owner's Manual. You can get it on Amazon.
solon, so no alfalfa pellets? And of course no beetpulp (sweet feed) Ive never heard of packer pellelts, but I do use stategy. I will have to get that book!
There is the one darft, the belgian. He was off the market for a week and I thought he sold but he just went back up a couple days ago! I really hope I sell gypsy in time to buy him...
I've had Drafts and Draft crosses a long time, and I've never had a problem in feeding grains. We use a local feed (M-G) that is very, very similar to Stradgey. It's a 12-8. We feed it to all of our horses, both light and Draft without any problems. All of our horses are on pasture 24/7 and get local hay in the winter. With the exception of my daughter's friends Belgian who she recently (within the last 6 months I believe) got, they do fine. Her Belgian has ESPM and so is on a different feed. He is about 7 years old.
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