Things to Consider When Considering Horses for SaleDraft horses cost tons of money, and that is a fact. Friesians are no exception to this rule. They don't "have slower metabolisms" (I hear that load of bull all the time), farriers DO charge way more to service them, and veterinarians need more juice to do any work for them. This all adds up to a cost and there is no way anyone can honestly say that an eighteen hundred pound horse eats the same amount as an eight hundred pound horse. Those owners are either liars, or are starving their animals because the math simply doesn't add up. Much of the equipment will also cost more, and some will be nearly impossible to get for our "plus sized friends".
Ways to Save MoneyHalf draft is a fantastic way to have the very best of both worlds, less food, less vet money, less shoeing, and etcetera. Many farriers will give you a break also if your draft horse is fantastically well behaved for service, but he'd better be perfect or you will pay through the nose. Keep the teeth floated every year and that will help drastically with your feed cost. The same goes for regular worming, your feeding eighteen hundred pounds of horse flesh, and that can be a lot of parasites. And on the note of parasites, don't forget the external ones, horses don't get fleas but they are subject to cattle lice and they will suck the ever loving life out of your animals, costing you hundreds of dollars in feed and making your horse look and feel awful. Commercial cattle delousing is cheap and easy to do, three weekends in a row twice a year will keep you louse free and your feed doing its job. Knowing the true costs will help you determine if you can afford the fresian horses for sale.
Farrier Tips to Keep Them Fit
Train them train them train
them! When someone calls me up for
service, two things go through my mind: They had better be rich and: They had
better behave. As one of the premier
farrier services in our area, our schedule is always in demand. Getting a good shoer cannot be done if you
have a poorly handled draft animal, and all a one ton horse has to do is cough
to put my back out for weeks. The bottom
line is I can only do as good a job as they will let me, and if you don't like
your horses hooves all cracked up and nasty looking make sure they are done
every six to eight weeks. I won't do any
horse off schedule and a draft is even less likely to get special treatment
from a farrier, so remember it is up to you, not your farrier, to keep their
feet looking the best you can. Don't
count on all of them going barefoot, or never getting laminitis because big
horses are just as susceptible to these problems as the smaller breeds are.