TOP 4 QUESTIONS FROM 2003 (Horses)

We have finished compiling our Database from the year 2003. These are the top four "Frequently Asked Questions" where we attempt to tell people that what they THINK OR DO MAY BE WRONG. Our Answers are based on data from both Veterinarians or Professionals with years of working with hundreds of that type of animal. Professionals that never stop learning each and every day about that type of animal. In this case, the horse.

(1) Bred mares MUST be fed very high protein diets and supplemented with MEGA Vitamins/Minerals to produce a healthy foal: WRONG. It is now known that such a diet often results in foals born with crippling conformational defects. Usually the legs are what is affected. Also some foals are larger than normal at birth resulting in prolonged labor and trouble foaling. Often resulting in a weak or dead foal and/or damage to the mare.

Instead, feed the mare TOP quality roughage but not straight 100% alfalfa (high protein). If good hay, (tested to make sure it is in fact a sufficient feed source) then no need to supplement with additional protein feeds. ONLY if the mare is one that needs extra to keep on weight, etc. then supplement additional protein.

Most mares in the last three months of pregnancy will need a source of grain, such as rolled oats, as the foal is now demanding much of her feed intake for its rapid development and growth. Supply fresh water at all times, a salt block and also a vitamin/mineral block if needed by the tests on the hay showing it is insufficient. Good hay is usually a mixture of grasses with a percentage of alfalfa that was cut and baled at the correct stage of plant maturity. By feeding vitamin/mineral in a block form, a horse will ingest as much as it needs, but by mixing it in the grain ration, the horse often then consumes more than it personally needs. NOTE: This is simply the Rule Of Thumb for the average mare, not those mares that through age, breed or health problem need additional feed.

(2) Buying your first horse. Get a young one and you can learn together, especially because the younger/untrained ones are cheaper. WRONG. An unskilled, inexperienced horse and an unskilled, inexperienced rider is a bad combination. It just is not going to work unless perhaps you are in the position to take daily lessons from a Professional in all aspects of horse care and riding.

The horse will never reach its full potential and neither will the rider and the chances of the person or the horse getting hurt is huge. It is generally the rider who gets hurt physically with the horse getting hurt mentally.

Don't get talked into buying that young untrained horse or the one who is only just started but no where near fully trained. Buy instead an older, settled horse who has years of training and simply has "Been There and Done That". One that is going to patiently put up with your inexperience. These older horses often end up being the "Best Teacher" in the world for you to learn on and with.

(3) I can save money by using Home Remedies on my horse that have been used for years by my older relatives or neighbors or friends. I don't have to waste money on a Vet. WRONG. Come into the modern world! Many remedies handed down for generations maybe or maybe did not work. As there were never any Scientific Studies done on these old home remedies, there is no 100% way of knowing if they worked or not? With the knowledge that Veterinarians have today, why would you want to compromise your horses health? Lets put it simply. In the old days, there were few Vets or easy ways of getting your horse to one. So people used whatever they had on hand to doctor or treat a sick horse. It was the old "Kill or Cure". "It will get better or it won't". Your horse deserves better today with Vets and proper treatment at our finger tips.

(4) When I bought the horse he was super at first but now weeks later, he is an idiot or has health issues. It is the fault of the last owners or his breeding or this or that before I got him. WRONG. If the horse was a joy to handle and/or ride when you got him and was sound in all aspects, then you, the owner is at fault. Sorry but true. Blaming your horses problems on something, besides yourself is wrong. Maybe your horsemanship skills are not as good as you might think they are? Whether it be in handling the horse, riding the horse, feeding the horse or recognizing how a horse has been disabled by injury or improper care. NOTE: The vast majority of vices or injuries are spotted immediately after purchasing a horse, not weeks later.

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