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post #1 of 5 Old 06-15-2016, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Percheron/quarter horse cross

I'm looking into getting this Percheron quarter horse cross.she isn't really a big horse she is around 15hh.i want to know what would be good to feed her and if I need to once a day or twice.the owner feeds her 2 flakes of coastal hay and 1 pound of Purina Strategy twice a day. Plus pasture turn out almost all day.is that fine because if it is I will feed her that.
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-16-2016, 11:34 AM
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Horses should be fed at least twice a day and not be without food over 40 hours, but 24/7 is best. If she is the proper weight and doing well on what she's eating now, there is no reason to change. She'll be stressed enough with a move if you buy her so there is no reason to add a change in diet if it can be avoided.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-17-2016, 12:22 AM
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^^I think that is supposed to say "not go without food over 4 hours", not 40 hours LOL.

Agree, 24/7 access to good quality hay or pasture is the best thing you can do for their guts. I'm of a mind that a horse doesn't really need much more than that unless they are a hard keeper or they are being worked hard enough that hay alone doesn't have enough calories to maintain their weight/condition.

To me, simpler is better. Most of mine (including 2 draft crosses) do very well on grass hay and loose minerals.
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What you feed your horse is going to depend on her new living situation as well as how much work she is getting, and her condition.

First you need to look at if she is being pastured or stabled, or a mix. If she is is pastured then you need to consider the amount of grass and it's quality that is available to her, it can also change in different seasons.

An example is my horse who is on approx. 10 acres with some other horses, 24/7. Most of the year he is fine just on grass. I supplement the grass with small feedings for vitamins and minerals. However this winter there was not a lot of rain and early frosts so he is now needing to be fed hay regularly, which I go and feed him myself daily. If I had him stabled part of the day/night he would be having pretty much as much grass hay as he wanted during the evenings, and if he had a private paddock I'd also be giving him free choice hay.

Consider where you plan to keep the horse. If its full care then feeding may be taken care of for you, and they might have hay in the pastures etc. If you're keeping your horse on self care you'll need to be more critical of the situation you're going into, what feed is available etc.

He's in light work, but if I was riding him a lot I would be more concerned with a more concentrated feed.
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-20-2016, 09:13 AM
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One other thing to keep in mind when choosing what to feed. Drafts and draft crosses (among other breeds) are very prone to EPSM. So ideally, you should make sure that whatever you feed in addition to hay is low in starch/carbs/sugars and high in fat.

Here is a website that has a lot of really good info.
https://www.ruralheritage.com/vet_clinic/epsm.htm
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