Originally Posted by Beauseant
Personally, I don't care what credentials you SAY you have, as none of us have any way of knowing if you do or don't. I could say anything on here...I could even SAY I am a vet myself. This is the internet, folks. People can say anything....and sometimes do.....so let's keep it in mind.
But regardless of what you DO or DO NOT have, giving opinions on a public forum about a horse you have never examined is NEVER a replacement for a vet's consultation about a horse he is able to see and examine. YOU are making it seem like it should be. You also intimate that vets cannot and do not undrstand horse nutrition and so cannot be counted on to know what they are talking about in this area so we should disregard considering calling them to evaluate dietary issues and should all listen to who? You? .... And I disagree with this.
Plain and simple. Whether you are a nutritional consult for a feed company, or whether you work at wal mart....you are still an anonymous internet person that few of us know, and who has not seen nor evaluated this horse.
The fact that you are making blanket statements about a problem as complex as wood chewing makes me very suspicious of the credentials you say you have.....because anyone with any nutritional/medical background would KNOW that wood chewing can be nutritional or it can be behaviorial...and they would suggest a vet be called in to make the determination and supplementation...if necessary. A PROFESSIONAL would not give medical advice via the internet to a person whose horse they have not evaluated and examined.
Gee wizzz, Beauseant, Cherie is just trying to help. We all may have differing opinions here about an issue, but it doesn't mean that we need to personally insult another forum member just because we disagree with them. This is exactly the kind of post that drives people away from this forum.
Most of us are anonymous to each other, and we take what people say with a grain of salt :) sorry couldn't resist the pun