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post #21 of 25 Old 02-25-2009, 10:56 AM
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Well personally I am glad that Schmurmer is able to grace us with the presence of a true intellect. Thank goodness the OP has you here with all your constructive help. Where would she be with you?
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post #22 of 25 Old 02-25-2009, 11:09 AM
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I'm taking a course on equine nutrition right now at the you... let me see if I can find some online articles for you to check out. You could check out this website also The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care They have a lot of info about nutrition (not all completely dumbed down either) and other health issues. Another place to check would be the colleges the specialize in equine nutrition research. I think Kentucky has a good program. I'll let you know. I did some looking into this last semester, just need to find my notes.
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I seemed to cause a stir about all this. I probably should've mentioned that our teacher wanted us to cover as many causes and effects of our subject as possible so that we can go through and pick out the necessary and unnecessary. We are supposed to gather a couple things to highlight, cover the major cases and light cases. By the pasture feeding and stuff I brought this up under the 'neglect' case as owners are uneducated. Does anyone understand this? I have heard a lot about people purchasing a horse then realizing there is more to know than just "can I see Sally's ribs?"

I'll point this out again, I was asked to cover many subjects. All types of neglect, what neglect leads to, how to fix this problem, what owners do when they realize they aren't taking care of their horse, etc.

My teacher actually owns a horse. She mentioned a few of these points. I wanted to stick mainly to horse slaughter and the alternatives (ex. Horse rescues). So once I get this paper typed up, I'll tell her I want to focus on horse slaughter and alternatives.

I know I sounded pretty broad and unsure about my paper. I was in a major rush when I posted my first couple questions. At that point I was really frustrated with how much I had progressed. Right now I need to find someone to interview. Since I'm focusing on horse slaughter and horse rescue, I tried to think of a good person to interview. Who would I interview about horse slaughter? I figured it would be easier to interview a horse rescue center. But I've tried to find one around my area and none have surfaced.

Does anyone else have any advice?

Also, I'm sure I didn't sound like a very horse-y person, but I honestly am. I'm not the best, but I've been around them for most of my life. I've just never owned one and learned about the full responsibilities of caring for one. I get everything I know from lessons and taking care of my boyfriend's miniature donkey, and the couple years I was in 4-H when I was younger. Not to mention I was completely obsessed with horses growing up. I was reading advanced horse medical, history, and general information books starting when I was about eight.

Seriously, I was a major horse nerd. I'm still a horse nerd. I even told my teacher about Comanche, the only survivor on the American side at the battle of Little Big Horn. She told my class that the entire American troop was killed. Remember, I'm a junior in high school. I had to raise my hand and correct her. Ohhhh the looks I got at that moment. It was priceless.
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I don't know if you read it or not, but I posted earlier on this thread a link to Hope For Horses - Western North Carolina located in western NC. I don't know where you are located in NC, but I am sure there are others if that one is too far. All I did was google horse rescue in NC and that is what came up. I am sure if you dig in a little bit you should be able to find something. Do you need to visit the rescue personally, or can it be a phone interview?
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I'll check it out, but I'm located about an hour away from Charlotte (so I'm in the western part of the state). A phone interview is fine, but our teacher asked us to try to find local since we will need mentors for next year. There was some private stable ran by an older woman once on the news in Charlotte. She took in horses that the owners could not afford due to the economy. But I've searched for it everywhere and can't find it. I thought about contacting the news station.
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