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Cynthia    Posted 01-23-2005 at 14:21:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks so much for the information on horses. That is the exact information that I needed and I am sure that we will end up getting one. Thanks again!!!


Betty Oh    Posted 01-23-2005 at 16:27:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Seahag: good luck on your new job tomorrow


Donna from Mo    Posted 01-23-2005 at 14:44:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get some good books and read up on horse care; that way you'll be armed and ready (I recommend Mark Rashid, for learning about horse behavior). Horses have a touchy digestive system compared to cattle. You have to be careful what sort of hay you give them. And you can't just turn them out on rich, knee-deep pasture and let them eat all they want... I foundered one horse this way, and the one I own now had been foundered in the same way by his former owners. As someone else said below, I have found my present horse to be worth all the effort and expense.


mark    Posted 01-23-2005 at 14:57:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
A good way to avoid that is leave one pasture
open to them in the spring. The horses can
only get a little nibble of grass here and there
as it starts coming in. By the time the other
pastures are ready the horses system is
ready. We've been doing that for years now
and it's worked well so far, it's even worked
with the minis and their tempermental system.


toolman    Posted 01-23-2005 at 15:29:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
donna i have two horses and i would lock them in their paddock at night and restrict them to the pasture, they always had a weight problem, i met and old horse lady (into her 80,s) she told me the reason they have a weight problem is they know they are going to be shut off the pasture at night and other times so they learn to gourge themselves, she said you won,t see a horse in the wild with a weight problem, let them be horses and do what the lord intended them to do , GRAZE. well i was doubtful but after a while i did as said advised and now a few years later they are allowed to go free range and i haven,t had a weight problem since about the first year i let them do this, sure makes life easier for me and i would think them as well.


Donna from Mo    Posted 01-23-2005 at 16:30:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
In the case of my walking horse, Pleasure Boy, he was out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He still foundered, the first spring I had him (after I'd had him nine months). I think some horses, like some people, just don't know when to stop eating. I've had other horses on full pasture that did not founder. But it isn't worth the risk to me.

And by the way, I'm rather angry now: I didn't realize how skinny the horse my daughter bought today really was until I went out and curried and brushed him. It was like brushing skin and bone. That poor thing is half-starved! He has an incredibly long mane, and it was tied in knots. I had to cut a couple of the knots out. I don't see how anybody could keep an animal in that sort of shape and sleep at night. Anyhow, like Cliff says, he'll be a whole different-looking animal with some flesh on him. I told my daughter to get him some good horse feed, rather than just the sweet feed we keep here for my Blue. He probably needs worming, too.

Blue is so happy to have a buddy, though. They didn't fight at all. Blue just made a few funny sounds, and then they started eating together. Now you won't see them more than six feet apart.


mark    Posted 01-23-2005 at 15:37:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's the biggest probelm now days, folks
won't let horses be horses. They think of them
and their care in human terms and all it does
is lead to trouble.


seahag    Posted 01-23-2005 at 15:21:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
The worst experience I had with a horse was a mare who got colic..walked her for hours before the vet came/ tubed her and hoped for the best, she died two days later...unfortunatly her foal died two days after that....intestinal infection....very hard very sad, but the good out weighed the bad....my favorite smell is horse poo LOL......I get a wif of that and Im in heaven


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