Good post Karl! Most of the 'basics' covered, for people who may know little but considering getting a horse(or find themselves with one without having prepared).
Don't know how much I'd call it 'misinformation', like the person that doesn't believe in grooming daily, but below are a few points that I disagree with, for one reason or other...
It is important to keep a quiet profile around horses.
Well this one I agree with when considering new or strange horses, to get them used to stuff in the least stressful manner, but I think it is so important NOT to fluff around horses quietly, but desensitise them to the normal, generally rather loud & abrupt human environment that they must live in. For eg. Glad I'd done lots of noise desensitisation one day riding along a road on my old horse, with dogs accompanying.... when we passed a shed, some teenage idiots thought it was funny to crack a stockwhip to see what happened! Was so proud of my animals, cos I was the only one that jumped!
A horse will love you if, first and foremost, you treat it fairly, and secondly, if you allow yourself to develop a relationship with it in the same way you would a human partner.
I think that's an interesting perspective... sounds too much like just anthropomorphising to me, which I don't find overly helpful, but I guess it depends how you understand 'fair' and what parts/sorts of human partnerships you're talking about. I think many people get into bother(or their animals do) precisely because people treat them too much like & expect them to think like people.
Keep your horse clean. Keep your horse's entire coat free from dirt, mud, sand, and sweat. ...A number of different problems can result if a horse's coat is not kept clean.
I agree that daily grooming is beneficial, but for those of us with horses that are kept like horses - eg. out 24/7, unrugged, the sentence above is a joke, also virtually impossible. I don't think dirt is harmful anyway, or else how have wild horses survived so well? Interested to know what those number of problems are, as I haven't experienced any over the years, where it's been rare for me to reliably see my horses daily, let alone groom them. ...Except for the problems to the rider/saddle if riding a dirty horse!
Feed your horse(s) at the same times every day. A horse may get upset and colic or injure themselves by kicking the stall or pawing,
If 'hard feeding', 'little & often' meals are vital for the animal's health, and in this case, feeding at the same times each day is often beneficial *for the carer*. But I think the colic & behavioural problems are largely related to horses being fed unnaturally & left for hours at a time with no feed. That is, it's largely a physical, digestive problem. But horses of course do also get used to routine and if a horse has always been fed on the dot at a certain time, it would likely cause some amount of stress if that suddenly didn't occur. For that reason, as with desensitising to noise, I think it's helpful NOT to get into too structured a routine, as in the real world, things have a habit of happening to upset the applecart, so don't set your horse up to being unable to cope with things.
A horse should be wormed by a vet at least twice a year.
Never heard that one. What's the advantage of a vet doing it?
Never spray a hot, sweaty horse with cold water immediately after working the horse. This can cause muscle spasms and binding,
Never heard that one either, & among others, I've worked with expensive race horses who were routinely cold hosed after track work. I understood muscle spasms & binding(presuming that's another name for tying up?) to generally be related to nutrition - namely magnesium imbalance.
Horses' hooves generally grow approximately 1 cm in a month, and take nearly a year to grow from the coronet band to the ground. Horse's hooves need to be trimmed regularly (about every 6-8 weeks). Shoeing a horse does not hurt them.
Info on hoof growth is an average. Every horse is different and it depends on hoof function & exercise as to how fast they may grow. Eg. a barefoot endurance horse may grow out an entire hoof in 6 months. A long-term-shod beast with contracted feet may take 18 months. Shoeing *shouldn't* hurt the horse, but depends on the state of their feet & how good or bad the farrier may be.
If a horse gets sore feet or legs from bad angles or bad shoeing, the horse can not just take his shoes off, sit back on a couch, and rub their feet, ......And remember not all horses need to have shoes, only if they are competing, walking on hard/rocky surfaces, or have hoof problems.
Hear hear to the first comment above! One reason why I believe horses are generally best unshod. I don't believe shoeing is necessarily 'evil', but I also don't believe it is only badly shod horses that suffer. There are so many more factors to consider. Horses do not generally need shoes, even if competing or on rocky surfaces, altho they frequently require hoof *protection*, which modern boots & alternatives are generally a good answer to. IMO shoes are generally unhelpful & often harmful, so therefore contraindicated where 'hoof problems' are concerned.
Horses are one of the few animals that can put one half of their body asleep while the other half is wide awake.
Interesting. What do you mean by that? Most people know that horses generally sleep standing up, but it is something that I've only recently learned, that they need to lie down in order to get deep sleep.