I came to this forum looking for more information on horse care and reading through the posts here have made me feel like I was brought up on horses all wrong.
My first lesson horse was a calm sometimes black mare who was a fast mover
one month after starting lessons I got my first lease horse, a fresh off the track tb who was still learning english commands, then I went for lessons on a cranky B**** of a qh mare who wouldn't do anything unless she wanted to do it. Who I was also to big for. Next I went on a part draft who would constantly go lame and be unrideable half the time. He was pretty calm but sometimes needed extra poking in order to move and do what you wanted, after that I went on to a young green to any riding stallion, I was the first to get a successful full ring multi lap canter out of him. When going to get a horse of my own no one has said I should stick with getting a fully trained older horse that is well ridden, they all thing that getting a younger horse to train it how I want it is a good option which from what I have seen allot of you do not.
I have never had/seen a horse that has seen a chiropractor, no one I know has seen a saddle fitter to get the perfect tack for their horse, no one has had a heated barn or arena, no one fed supplements to anything but pregnant or senior animals, there were minimal vet visits and often times self diagnostics and medicating were done, and everything turned out fine.
I know there are allot of ways to work with and keep horses but I have never seen any of this stuff where you need to go into horses gently, when my mom rode she was lucky to have a saddle let also lessons or a "proper" fit of a horse to learn on.
I just figured I would comment on something interesting I found while looking at this forum. Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas,