05-09-2012, 08:50 PM
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Ripper has good advice for winning at lead & feed, and there is nothing wrong with that, however this is not on the agenda for Hennessy. Pasture & free choice hay, and (sorry not familiar with your US feed brands, mine are different), a high fiber, extruded, age appropriate grain supplement fed according to the distributor's directions. Work with him regularly, but don't stress him, he's young and I feel pressure on young horses causes them mental burnout and puts them at risk for ulcers & other ailments. Sure you can show him once in a while at halter or showmanship, teach him manners, but most important - let him be a horse & let him grow to maturity before making him work like an athlete. It's just commonsense if you want to take steps in ensuring you get many happy, long, useful years with him.
Again, don't bash halter horses, they are a different segment, not everyone's cup of tea, but certainly gorgeous. We can't all want the same things out of our horses, but we all can do our utmost to get the best out of what we want for them, right?