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This is an interesting one for you...

Gave an estimate yesterday to some people that had horses. They asked what would be a proper plant/grass that the horses could eat that would be most beneficial to them nutrient wise and such. Said there was a lot of bermuda out there that they were told to keep for erosion but wanted to know if there was something else the horses could eat that would benefit their health.

I told them that I would look into it...
 

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Yeah, I figured that... however I didn't see any barns around either, I believe there were 3 horses, the area wasn't dirt and no grass, a lot of bermuda and a lot of weeds, looked like they stayed out there. A lot of people have them graze here until winter and then feed hay.

I am not a horse person, but there are a lot around, and she asked, I try to respond. I am researching on it right now...
 

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Our horses have thrived on graze for 23 years without a problem. Very occasionally we feed oats a quart at a time on very cold days (e.g. -10 to -20). We bought a ton of oats in 2000 and still have lots left.

A good mix for horses is Timothy, Alfalfa, Fescue, Red Clover. This mix is practically self sustaining nutrient wise as the Alfalfa & Red Clover release excess nutrients to the Timothy & Fescue. Reed Canary grass is okay too.

All that hay is, is the above cut, dried and baled.

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Thanks,

I love that horse! That is a big ole boy!

Are those all cool season or will they work with our heat? Or do they kind of transition in and out?

Great scenery too!
He is a Belgian. In summer it gets over 100 degrees here a lot. I took another look at the photo and realize it is early spring before the leaves have come back and the grass started so I guess my post to Kiril is a bit of a lie.:confused:
 

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I thought it looked like he still had a winter coat going?

I doubt these people have 2 acres per horse but I don't know, I was there late at the day and we talked alot at the house so I didn't really get a chance to look around. When I left I was more focused on the road and my GPS as I was trying to get to the poker game that was starting when I left the property.
 

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I worked for a guy when I was in HS who raised Belgians for breeding and competition. Either that is a very young/small Belgian, or you are one tall dude.

Good point to raise about acreage. Real easy to overgraze, which leads to all kinds of problems. This was the reason for our horses only getting "bonus" grazing.
 

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I worked for a guy when I was in HS who raised Belgians for breeding and competition. Either that is a very young/small Belgian, or you are one tall dude.

Good point to raise about acreage. Real easy to overgraze, which leads to all kinds of problems. This was the reason for our horses only getting "bonus" grazing.
The Belgian was about 6 years old in the picture, 17+ hands tall and weighed in at 2000 pounds. I think a ton is pretty big for a Belgian and their height varies with genetics. I have a Shire X Clydesdale who is about a half a hand taller and weighs slightly less.

Here he is with my God daughter.

Back in the 90s when I was a wild adventurer, my friend and I traveled 800 miles to the prairies in mid-winter and brought back 20 head of wild horses (mostly mares). We crossed them with the Belgian (when he was a young stallion; now gelded) and got some of the best looking horses I've seen. I sold all but two.

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Back in the 90s when I was a wild adventurer, my friend and I traveled 800 miles to the prairies in mid-winter and brought back 20 head of wild horses (mostly mares). We crossed them with the Belgian (when he was a young stallion; now gelded) and got some of the best looking horses I've seen. I sold all but two.
Now that sounds like fun!
 

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Now that sounds like fun!
Sure was, even though fairly foolish but at least I became part of history. This was one of the last wild herds in Canada and was being cleared off of military lands. Luckily, I had a connection with the military brass and could cut through a bunch of red tape to get the horses.

Here is some info about Belgians;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgian_(horse)
 

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I might have my terms crossed, paint or pinto. I think one has to do with coloration and one has to do with breed/bloodline. I think paint refers to the latter. Sorry to side track your thread DGL. You must be getting more interested in horses yourself, being around them more know, or are you not?
 

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did I say some thing about this to you before deep?? clover,leucena, millet and beans, I could go on for days about this. there is even some hybrid peanuts that will make great feed.
 

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Sure was, even though fairly foolish but at least I became part of history. This was one of the last wild herds in Canada and was being cleared off of military lands. Luckily, I had a connection with the military brass and could cut through a bunch of red tape to get the horses.

Here is some info about Belgians;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgian_(horse)
the 70 lbs per day manure makers! they are wonderful!!!!
 
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