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post #21 of 35 Old 03-28-2013, 11:52 PM
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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 :)
I have my doubts the " needy" will get the message.....they think we're cruel.....
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I have my doubts the " needy" will get the message.....they think we're cruel.....
Good point. I guess someone should probably call animal control on me then ... I live in Montana and my 4 horses (2 of which are thoroughbreds) live OUTSIDE 24/7! They get a shed, round bale, and on demand water. A blanket when it's wet and windy, but other than that they are on their own. They run and play with 11 pasture mates- how unnatural for me to let them live this way! :)
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My three horses live outside 24 7 hay to eat all the time. No grain just a vitamin mineral supplement. They have fresh water salt and a wind break I hardly ever put them in barn.

No pampering going on here the 2 geldings work hard all summer and no special feed is given.
I wish I had more pasture so they could be on grass 24 7.
Not one of my horses have any vices like wood chewing or cribbing.
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Yes, there is:
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That is too easy, and cheap. If it doesn't cost more it must not work, right?

Plus, that would take COMMON SENSE-which so many lack.

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Should we have our own forum? It would be very quiet....Nobody would have any questions about much....

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Should we have our own forum? It would be very quiet....Nobody would have any questions about much....

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The industry would hate us........
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Great post!

I especially feel sorry for horses kept in cells......I mean stalls, with no exercise. That has to suck.

My guys are in pens, which at least offers them a little room to run and buck. And I ride them as much as possible. In an ideal world, I would have pasture.

I agree about the not picking on the horse while riding too. Work on things a little, when you and the horse are clicking. The rest of the time, just relax and let the horse relax. Relaxation should be a goal for horse and rider too.

I do worry about feed a lot......guilty as charged. But that's because I am having to make due with what is available (normally straight alfalfa) and trying to balance it out, especially for my mare when she was pregnant and the foal when he was growing. But balancing it out doesn't mean a bunch of supplements. More like picking out one or two things (like oats or Strategy AX) that will complement the alfalfa and not add more calcium/protein to a hay that is already overly rich in those nutrients. Yeah, I am a little guilty of over thinking feed.
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post #29 of 35 Old 03-29-2013, 11:15 AM
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Great post!

I especially feel sorry for horses kept in cells......I mean stalls, with no exercise. That has to suck.

My guys are in pens, which at least offers them a little room to run and buck. And I ride them as much as possible. In an ideal world, I would have pasture.

I agree about the not picking on the horse while riding too. Work on things a little, when you and the horse are clicking. The rest of the time, just relax and let the horse relax. Relaxation should be a goal for horse and rider too.

I do worry about feed a lot......guilty as charged. But that's because I am having to make due with what is available (normally straight alfalfa) and trying to balance it out, especially for my mare when she was pregnant and the foal when he was growing. But balancing it out doesn't mean a bunch of supplements. More like picking out one or two things (like oats or Strategy AX) that will complement the alfalfa and not add more calcium/protein to a hay that is already overly rich in those nutrients. Yeah, I am a little guilty of over thinking feed.
Then I'm guilty, too. We have readily available grain hay and alfalfa, good grass hay is very rare and costs a fortune, so I have to do my share of balancing. Or rather toning down. Which is way harder, btw. But it still doesn't mean I need 20 different supplements. My IR endangered blimp gets extra magnesium, that's it
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I do worry about feed a lot......guilty as charged. But that's because I am having to make due with what is available (normally straight alfalfa) and trying to balance it out, especially for my mare when she was pregnant and the foal when he was growing. But balancing it out doesn't mean a bunch of supplements. More like picking out one or two things (like oats or Strategy AX) that will complement the alfalfa and not add more calcium/protein to a hay that is already overly rich in those nutrients. Yeah, I am a little guilty of over thinking feed.
But I think one big difference between you and some people is that you are trying to BALANCE it, not pump them full of everything to make yourself feel good :) I recently signed up for feedxl, an online resource to help you balance your horses diet. It was $30 for me to balance diets for 5 horses, - and you can take into account your hay and enter the nutrient analysis,as well as feeds and supplements etc. I love it- I know exactly how much of what my horses need to be balanced based on their weight and workload- they now get their vitamins and minerals met, but that's it. No fluffy stuff! Although my old guy gets a joint supplement, as recommended by the vet. Other than that, all they need to stay happy is room to move!

My two thoroughbreds were stalled ONE winter because it was what was available- it was harder to keep weight on them than when they were living outside, in a colder climate, with just a blanket on. It's sad to me that many horses are the victim of anthropomorphizing by their owners- just because we are cold and like being inside in the middle of winter doesn't mean the horses do!

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