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post #41 of 47 Old 12-16-2012, 10:09 AM
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I know you will come back with a long and detailed reply citing source after source proving that the hands on experience that Foxhunter and I have of keeping horses is outdated and wrong, but I have to sit here and laugh.

We have seen what works, we also know that horses don't go lame by living on concrete, that dirt floors aren't always best, and so many other things.

My last word on the subject, the tradition that we come from in the UK has many hundreds of years of history of using the horse as a work and pleasure animal, whereas the Americas has a much shorter history. Not everything that was learned over those many centuries still holds true, but as with everything else, science keeps proving that a lot of the old knowledge was actually correct, progress does not always bring benefits.

So yes, I will stand by the benefits that I have seen, I will add to it that if I strapped and wisped my horses daily I would not only be fit, but I would be at my correct weight.

Now you post away, have at it, I find your internet search skills are certainly great, your use of bold is exemplary, your actual hands on practice and understanding of horse husbandry, mmm not so hot, but that's OK, experience will bring that.
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post #42 of 47 Old 12-16-2012, 10:24 AM
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When tradition conflicts with science, I'll choose science. YMMV.
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I used to strap my eventing horse after almost every ride in the winter. I do not think it built muscle, can't for sure say if it defined them either. But it sure as heck made him shiny (well, as shiny as you can get a grey, lol). I am pretty confident it was the strapping that helped in this regard. I had him 3 years before he was laid to rest, the first winter I had him, I did not bang or strap him. The next two I did. His feed did not change, his living environment stayed the same et cetra, et cetra. So I do think that it has benefits to the skin and subcutaneous system of the horse.
Additionally, he LOVED it! Perhaps it is more similar to a massage than sit ups. As long as the horse likes it, and the owner is doing it responsibly, I see no harm. Even if it isn't turning your horse into the next Arnold, there are still some benefits to it.

As for the routine:

Pre ride grooming with a rubber curry, stiff brush, and body brush.
Post ride grooming: stiff brush, body brush, then I used a linen type of towel or tea towel to rub him down, folded it up, and banged. Followed by one more once-over with the body brush.
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Traditional treatments for something like arthritis was to either use bee stings or nettles . `science put this down the drain as being no benefit at all.
A few years on and 'science' says that there is something in the venom of bee stings that benefits arthritis and the irritation nettles cause brings more blood to the area thus helping to alleviate pain and symptoms of arthritis.

No matter what you research you will always find that there is something to contradict it.

I am waiting to get a couple of mails back from two stud grooms, both know their stuff regarding horses but I now for a fact that one straps his horse daily, the other 'grooms' it.
When I get the pictures I will post them and let you see the difference.
Neither would think of using a show sheen - only good old elbow grease.
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post #45 of 47 Old 12-16-2012, 12:41 PM
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When tradition conflicts with science, I'll choose science. YMMV.
Depends where the conflict comes, doesn't it? OOPS, sorry best let you have the last word, or this will become the longest thread ever....
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My comments in bold. Then there is this:

Beer After Exercise May Be Better Than Water, Study Finds

Read more: Beer After Exercise May Be Better Than Water, Study Finds | Fox News

I refuse to try it with horses. Mia would probably insist on a premium beer....
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Traditional treatments for something like arthritis was to either use bee stings or nettles . `science put this down the drain as being no benefit at all.
A few years on and 'science' says that there is something in the venom of bee stings that benefits arthritis and the irritation nettles cause brings more blood to the area thus helping to alleviate pain and symptoms of arthritis.

No matter what you research you will always find that there is something to contradict it.

I am waiting to get a couple of mails back from two stud grooms, both know their stuff regarding horses but I now for a fact that one straps his horse daily, the other 'grooms' it.
When I get the pictures I will post them and let you see the difference.
Neither would think of using a show sheen - only good old elbow grease.
Oooh looking forward to pictures!
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