This is a much needed post. I think it's helpful, as I've gotten somewhat accustomed to seeing many man-made, mountain-out-of-a mole-hill problems get way bigger than need be. My husband, on the other hand, is not so accustomed. He cannot believe some of the non-sense he reads when I leave this forum up on the computer. LOL He's a 5th gen horseman/rancher so he cannot believe all the micro managing, and owner-created problems he reads about on this forum. It's mind boggling to him.
Bottom line, like others have said. Less is MORE! I don't care if it's feeding, training, doctoring. Too many people overdo things. Simple whole feed, letting colts go barefoot to toughen feet, not calling vet/administering antibiotics for every skinned spot, not over vaccinating...it goes on and on.
If you allow your horse live as close to possible to how God designed them to live, you will have far less problems. Our colts don't get a bit in their mouth. Everything is started in a simple rope hackamore. Slick heels, no spurs. No needling, no pecking. Just horses that go forward. Then, once they can travel forward, they can begin to collect themselves NATURALLY, once their topline is built, from driving them with seat and legs. No forced head set. No short cuts. Everything is built from the back forward, naturally.
SIMPLE IS BETTER. LESS IS MORE! Most problems are man made, I don't care if it's feeding, life in a stall vs. pasture, ulcers, training, proud flesh, wounds. Most problems are created by the owner not knowing what to do.
Horses will not thrive in a stall living on processed feed. Kinda like humans will not thrive living in an urban environment on McDonald's. You can't make them into something they're not. God did not create horses to live in a stall on processed, artificial processed feed.