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        03-28-2013, 05:47 PM
    Thank you, Muppetgirl!
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        03-28-2013, 06:06 PM
    Green Broke
    Excellent thread, and excellent posts here! My mares are 22 and 19, and we live in a wilderness setting. (the photo in my avatar is fairly recent, and was 7 degrees when taken). My mares have a 14x14 slant roof run in barn, and they come and go when/if they please. Feed? Good quality hay, (plenty of free-choice always available for nibbling), fresh water, and plain, mineral and Himalayan salt. Healthy, thick winter coats, so no blanketing - very cold and snowy, but I've yet to have seen a shiver! They roll in the snow, sand, grass as often as they please, but with plenty of regular brushing, those natural oils come out and they shimmer in minutes. Simplicity is key, and a way for my horses I could never turn from :)
        03-28-2013, 06:12 PM
    You know-it occurs to me that folks are doing just as much damage by coddling and babying their horses as they are with all the things Muppet refers to. It all fits together. Majikal pony cannot be disciplined no matter what.....leads to an unruly horse for many years to come. Mine is a prime example. The lady who owned him as a 2 yr old (her first horse) is STILL making excuses for him when she sees him. SHe is well aware that I don't put up with his crap, but I don't think she realizes how responsible she is, even now (he is 7) for his constant "testing"...and the fact that he really cannot be 100% trusted.
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        03-28-2013, 06:16 PM
    Green Broke
    My horses on pasture get brushed maybe one time a week, I will use fly mask, they get hay as the pasture cannot support them by itself, Alfalfa hay, they get free choice salt in a the 50lb block the iodized salt with the minerals.
    They get trimmed when they need it. If we do ride them, they get their feet checked to remove stones . They are Fat, Shiny, Healthy . I may braid the tails this summer, just to below the tail bone, so that the the grass and tubleweeds :( will be easier to pick out.
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        03-28-2013, 06:22 PM
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    Very good thread
    We do over feed, over analyze and micro manage our horses and at the same time mostly underwork them
    We also spend far too much time comparing them to their wild origins though - the modern horse is centuries removed from its long extinct ancestors and has no chance of surviving the way they did - well actually without the intervention of man they actually didn't survive that well which is why they are extinct - or did we just eat them all???!!!!
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        03-28-2013, 06:33 PM
    Thanks for all the positive responses......I had all these thoughts going on and needed to let them spill......it actually came about after I was asking in a thread about putting some weight on my horse and a member pointed out that its better he's a 4.5 while he's in work.....and the penny dropped....I'm thinking too much (thanks Anebel)
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        03-28-2013, 11:25 PM
    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.
        03-28-2013, 11:41 PM
    Originally Posted by franknbeans    
    Then they wonder how to fix the weaving, cribbing and assorted other vices from sheer boredom.
    Isn't there a supplement for that, too? :)
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        03-28-2013, 11:43 PM
    Originally Posted by tbcrazy    
    Isn't there a supplement for that, too? :)
    Yes, there is:
    Turn out
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        03-28-2013, 11:45 PM
    Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
    Yes, there is:
    Turn out
    Seems silly that people oftentimes ignore the obvious because it is exactly that- obvious. Great post! Hopefully the people that need it will see it :)

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