Ky angel, thank you so much for your kind words. They mean a lot. I figure by the time I buy a horse, I'll have had 2 years of lessons and learning so I should be good. Got another year to go. This forum is fantastic. It's one thing to read about a disease, but reading about actual stories and instances of what happened really makes it clearer.
That is so, so horrible that someone dumped a bag of corn in your feel on purpose. Oh my gosh, I can't imagine the rage I'd feel.
Masquerade and Natisha, that makes perfect sense. I get it now. So a horse can get lamintitis and still be okay, however if that lamintitis leads to founder, then the horse can become unridable or he can recover.
And a horse colicing can be something like getting an upset stomach that passes on a best case scenario or it can be so severe that it kills the horse.
That's good to know that you can keep Banamine on hand in case it's a while for the vet to get there. I can give injections no problem.
I worked for a veterinarian for a few years so I know a lot about dog and cat health. But horse health is very different. The closest I can see is somewhat of a relation between colic in horses and gastric torsion in dogs, but still they are different.
It seems like a lot of this stuff wouldn't be an issue if a horse could throw up.
Another thing, if a person has an easy keeper, say like a Fjord, and the horse is simply a pleasure horse, would the horse even need grain? Sounds like grain for a pleasure horse is more of a treat than a need.
If you have a lot of acreage (and even if you don't, but I think you said you do?) I would advise reading up on rotational grazing. Basically, you take your pasture and divide it into sections so that you never run out of healthy pasture (pastures loooove to turn into mud pits in the winter, even with just a few horses). One of those sections could turn into your dry lot or sacrifice pasture as well.
Yes I have almost 20 acres but really 5 or so is good pasture. That is a great idea about have rotational grazing. I can have the pasture and then have a round pen or something on the side to have the option of moving the horse to.