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  1. Another draft horse question

    Wow do I stand corrected! According to the 2006 Guiness Book of Records, the largest living horse is a Belgian named Radar who stands 19.35H. I sure wouldn't want to feed him! 19 Hands 3-1/2 inches tall (6' 7-1/2") Guiness World Record for the Tallest Living Horse Weighs over 2,400 pounds Belgian Draft horse gelding Eats 18 lbs. of grain, 40 lbs. of hay each day Drinks 20 gallons of water each day Born in 1998 in Iowa, USA
  2. Another draft horse question

    Hello all....first let me qualify this by saying that I have 3 draft CROSSES. I know several people with full drafts, and work with a woman who trains and sells drafts and draft crosses. My horses are coming 4 (clyde/paint cross), coming 3 (clyde/paint cross), and coming 2 (shire/paint cross). They range in height from 15.2H (the yearling) to 16.3H (the coming 4 year old). I've seen some big full drafts in my life, but never an 18H percheron....those kinds of heights are usually reserved for the shires and clydes...the heavier drafts don't seem to get as tall. As for feeding a draft or a draft cross, there are several considerations. First, have they had their teeth done so that they're digesting what they eat? Second, are they given as much free range hay as they can eat....not high carb alfalfa, but pasture grass or a timothy mix. Finally, what kind of sweet feed are they on? A 10% protein/red beet based feed with rice bran in it is usually a good choice for a draft cross. Just remember that carbs are NEVER a draft's friend. Studies indicate that most drafts and draft crosses are easy keepers....your sweet feed should be treated like a multi vitamin. If you horse has all the free range hay they can eat and can't maintain it's weight, then there are other issues at play. Teeth and parasites are the most common. Shoes....I don't believe in shoeing horses. I had an Irish Sporthorse with navicular years ago and learned the hard way that shoes do more harm than good. If you don't believe me have your farrier lay a horseshoe on your hand and hit it with a hammer. Think about how that would feel on your foot and leg when it hits the ground hundreds of times a day. Tack....my 3 and 4 year olds both wear a wide tree English saddle already. I suspect the 3 year old, who's a mare (half sister to misszoe143's coming 3 year old filly), may end up as an extra wide. My 4 year old wears an oversize bridle with a 5 inch bit. Since he still has at least 2.5 years of growing to do, I'm not taking bets on how he'll end up. My mare wears a regular bridle and 5 inch bit....as does misszoe143's. My mare already stands 16.2H, misszoe143's mare, who's the same age, stands 15H. I guess what I'm trying to say is that there is just as much diversity in drafts and draft crosses as there are in other horse populations. The only constant I've found is that some breeds are better for some riding disciplines than others. Sorry for the tome....hope it helps someone. [ 01-01-2007, 04:23 PM: Message edited by: Merlin's Mom ]
  3. YEARLING progress/chat

    Hi Kashmir...no that was Merlin's first clipping. It was the first time I'd EVER clipped a horse! Neither of my other boys gets much hair, especially if they're blanketed in the winter. I guess it's because Merlin is part Shire. We didn't clip his belly and the hair is at least 3 inches long. I'm waiting to see what he looks like when he sheds out for summer. Shires are always sort of fuzzy, they don't get a really hard coat at all is my understanding, so he may have to be clipped regularly. If so, then I guess it's off to the clipper store. Nothing much phases him. The other day I was raking leaves and burning them and he came over and stuck his head right in the smoke. I had to chase him away 3 times. I've had him since he was 4 months old and he's always been like that.
  4. YEARLING progress/chat

    Hi Kashmir...no that was Merlin's first clipping. It was the first time I'd EVER clipped a horse! Neither of my other boys gets much hair, especially if they're blanketed in the winter. I guess it's because Merlin is part Shire. We didn't clip his belly and the hair is at least 3 inches long. I'm waiting to see what he looks like when he sheds out for summer. Shires are always sort of fuzzy, they don't get a really hard coat at all is my understanding, so he may have to be clipped regularly. If so, then I guess it's off to the clipper store. Nothing much phases him. The other day I was raking leaves and burning them and he came over and stuck his head right in the smoke. I had to chase him away 3 times. I've had him since he was 4 months old and he's always been like that.
  5. The problem with spooky things is that sometimes you don't know they're there until they jump out at you. We were riding yesterday, same place we always do, and 10 deer were napping in the hedgerow. They jumped up to our left. Luckily I was riding the Haflinger and he just snorted and planted all 4 feet on the ground. I had no time to react at all except to yelp! With the three year old I've been riding, I find that once we pass something he considers scarey (there isn't much, maybe a flapping tarp or COWS!), then the next time he really doesn't care one way or the other. I have noticed that at 3 he's acting spooky for the first time, when he's never been afraid of anything before. But, like I said, he's usually fine once he figures out it isn't going to eat him. Again, he doesn't run off or act stupid when he spooks. He plants all 4 feet and blows.
  6. YEARLING progress/chat

    Jumper, okay I think Rikku passed Merlin in the past couple of months. I'll have to tape him when I bring him in tonight, and maybe get some decent pictures of him in the field. Last time I taped him (at 9 months) he was 13.2H at the shoulder, so we'll see if he's had a growth spurt. He physique sure isn't as refined as Rikku's right now though. He's still all legs. Every now and then he strikes a pose and you can see the horse underneath, but I think he's going to be like my clyde cross and take a while to come into himself.
  7. YEARLING progress/chat

    Jumper, okay I think Rikku passed Merlin in the past couple of months. I'll have to tape him when I bring him in tonight, and maybe get some decent pictures of him in the field. Last time I taped him (at 9 months) he was 13.2H at the shoulder, so we'll see if he's had a growth spurt. He physique sure isn't as refined as Rikku's right now though. He's still all legs. Every now and then he strikes a pose and you can see the horse underneath, but I think he's going to be like my clyde cross and take a while to come into himself.
  8. Another feed question *Southern States Brand*

    We use Triple Crown Complete and I love it. We've been using it since they started making it...switched from Reliance then. The Complete has things like Biotin in it that the Reliance doesn't. All of my horses are barefoot...beautiful hooves. We do combined training, fox hunting and cross country..as well as lots of trail riding. My crew (that are under saddle) are 3 and up.
  9. Another feed question *Southern States Brand*

    We use Triple Crown Complete and I love it. We've been using it since they started making it...switched from Reliance then. The Complete has things like Biotin in it that the Reliance doesn't. All of my horses are barefoot...beautiful hooves. We do combined training, fox hunting and cross country..as well as lots of trail riding. My crew (that are under saddle) are 3 and up.
  10. Older Underweight Arthritic Horse

    First, have her teeth checked, and if need be have them floated. Make sure she doesn't have any sharp points on her teeth that are causing her pain or making it difficult for her to digest her grain. Second, is she on some kind of pain medication for the arthritis? If she's on bute, try switching to equine aspirin or an herbal blend...our 23 year old Irish sport horse with navicular and arthritis is on a wonderful herbal blend for pain and circulation (PM me if you want the name of the company to order it). Finally, find a balanced beet based feed and switch her over to it slowly. We use Triple Crown Complete from Southern States Coop. They also have a wonder red beet based senior feed. If you do these three things you should see an improvement pretty quickly, but you have to give it at least 2 months to see any kind of substantial weight gain. It's taken almost 2 years to get our OTTB up to a weight I consider safe for his size.
  11. Older Underweight Arthritic Horse

    First, have her teeth checked, and if need be have them floated. Make sure she doesn't have any sharp points on her teeth that are causing her pain or making it difficult for her to digest her grain. Second, is she on some kind of pain medication for the arthritis? If she's on bute, try switching to equine aspirin or an herbal blend...our 23 year old Irish sport horse with navicular and arthritis is on a wonderful herbal blend for pain and circulation (PM me if you want the name of the company to order it). Finally, find a balanced beet based feed and switch her over to it slowly. We use Triple Crown Complete from Southern States Coop. They also have a wonder red beet based senior feed. If you do these three things you should see an improvement pretty quickly, but you have to give it at least 2 months to see any kind of substantial weight gain. It's taken almost 2 years to get our OTTB up to a weight I consider safe for his size.
  12. Thinking about this horse?

    Is she a paint or a cross? Registered? Is there a reason she hasn't been started at age 5 (has she been a brood mare, or had medical problems). If she's sound, $1,000 is nothing to pay for a 5 year old that can be started immediately. At 15.2H she's an average size, and as you said, she's a good size for you. When you go and look at her make sure you watch her move, walk/trot/canter and turn. Is she friendly and easy to handle? Confirmation is important, but attitude is everything. I have a 4 year old paint/Percheron cross...he's huge (17H and 1500 pounds), but he's totally willing to do anything...and he's started under saddle. He was just sold to a 16 year old man in Pennsylvania who stands 6'5". They've been looking for quite a while, looked at lots of finished horses, but none of them were as light to ride or as willing as Goliath. Anyway, they're paying many times $1,000 for him and he's worth every penny. It's fine to say a horse isn't worth the money, but it really totally depends on whether it's what you want.
  13. Thinking about this horse?

    Is she a paint or a cross? Registered? Is there a reason she hasn't been started at age 5 (has she been a brood mare, or had medical problems). If she's sound, $1,000 is nothing to pay for a 5 year old that can be started immediately. At 15.2H she's an average size, and as you said, she's a good size for you. When you go and look at her make sure you watch her move, walk/trot/canter and turn. Is she friendly and easy to handle? Confirmation is important, but attitude is everything. I have a 4 year old paint/Percheron cross...he's huge (17H and 1500 pounds), but he's totally willing to do anything...and he's started under saddle. He was just sold to a 16 year old man in Pennsylvania who stands 6'5". They've been looking for quite a while, looked at lots of finished horses, but none of them were as light to ride or as willing as Goliath. Anyway, they're paying many times $1,000 for him and he's worth every penny. It's fine to say a horse isn't worth the money, but it really totally depends on whether it's what you want.
  14. YEARLING progress/chat

    Okay, here's a picture of Merlin from today. He got his FIRST clipping and couldn't have cared less! His stall looked like someone had killed a half a dozen bunnies in it! I've never seen so much hair on a baby. That's my best friend he's standing next to, she's 5'4" tall. We were just going to introduce the clippers, but Kath just kept going. We got his whole body clipped, he stood still for an hour, gnoshed on hay and cookies...and then he let us do his head! I hope he stays this amazing as he gets older! [ 03-09-2006, 12:25 PM: Message edited by: Merlin's Mom ]
  15. YEARLING progress/chat

    Okay, here's a picture of Merlin from today. He got his FIRST clipping and couldn't have cared less! His stall looked like someone had killed a half a dozen bunnies in it! I've never seen so much hair on a baby. That's my best friend he's standing next to, she's 5'4" tall. We were just going to introduce the clippers, but Kath just kept going. We got his whole body clipped, he stood still for an hour, gnoshed on hay and cookies...and then he let us do his head! I hope he stays this amazing as he gets older! [ 03-09-2006, 12:25 PM: Message edited by: Merlin's Mom ]