Originally Posted by Speed Racer
Feral horses die between 10 and 15 years old because nature is cruel, and only the young and strong survive.
Domesticated horses, with proper nutrition, medical care, and upkeep, can live up to 40-45 years.
A mustang, if taken off the range and domesticated, has as much chance as living a long healthy life as one born in a barn.
Trying to continually compare horses who have to find their own way in the world versus those who are taken care of by humans, is a futile effort.
The only reason our domestic horses live so long is because of the care they receive from their human handlers. If they were thrown out into nature, their lives would be as brutal and short as their feral cousins.
Feral horses have smegma build up, too. They also have leg, feet, and back problems, as well as contract diseases. The only difference is that they don't live long enough to get old. Once a physical disability raises it's ugly head, the feral horse becomes food for a large predator.
Couldn't agree more - very well said
you have no idea how many times I have said the same thing to people. Barefoot trimming is fine but don't think that mustangs have perfect feet and are never lame. There is just nobody to see them when they limp. |
Kevinshorses I agree here too!! I have nothing against barefoot trimming at all, however feral horses basically go where they choose and step how they choose at a pace that they choose. They're not asked to do what we ask domesticated horses to do.
I understand wanting to simulate ferals hoof conformation but comparing what feral horses vs domesticated horses do is like comparing apples to oranges IMO