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post #11 of 16 Old 09-29-2012, 07:53 PM
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Nope, you're not the only one, LOL. Our boarders are "those" types. Love 'em to pieces, but when I found out they do not own, nor have ever read a book on horses. If they can't find it on the net (a common issue as they don't necessarily know what to look for) they'll ask as a few questions of others until they hear the one that sounds good to them.

Those ppl that know hippology in & out are becoming a VERY rare breed, at least from where I stand.
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post #12 of 16 Old 09-29-2012, 08:12 PM
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I own an excellent book titled, "Horsekeeping On A Small Acreage" by Cherry Hill that was highly recommended to me prior to bringing my first horse home. If anyone ever asks, it's the first thing I recommend. How wonderful to walk over, pick it up, and glance through at any given time - my computer could suddenly get a "virus" or whatever, but that book is readily available no matter what :)
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post #13 of 16 Old 09-29-2012, 08:17 PM
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We have that book, NS! it is the best.
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Originally Posted by OutOfTheLoop View Post
Forums are here for people to communicate about similier interest. Whether it be horses or something else. I find it perfectly acceptable to ask questions. Have you ever googled something and found 50 answers? I have. A lot of times you get articles and suggestions, bit no experience. That's what the forums are for. To call people lazy for using this resource as it is supposed to be used seems silly to me.
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You are just as likely to get 50 answers on a forum, and often by those who are guessing and/or have not actually had experience. Forum members are not vets and very few vets do belong to all breed forums, to answer questions. Even then, no vet worth his/her salt, will answer questions without also telling the OP to call their own vet out to actually see the horse.

How many times have we seen people ask if their horse is pregnant? How many times have we seen people ask if their horse is ill? How many times have we asked if a horse someone is thinking of breeding, has been tested for Frame or other genetic problems? Usually the question is answered with, "What's that?"

Certainly there is a great deal of misinformation on the net, but it seems to me (still) that most want to be spoon-fed answers and not do the homework themselves.


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post #15 of 16 Old 09-30-2012, 03:02 AM
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I think Lizzie that you are right on one part - people asking medical questions on a forum on the internet are particularly lazy and (IMHO) somewhat neglectful of their horse. Medical related questions should ALWAYS be asked of a vet, who has a degree in that area.

However, I think that any other topic is fair game for asking questions. If you think it's a stupid question, you don't have to answer, but I think that on a forum such as this one, any question that isn't "is my mare pregnant" or "should I call the vet" is still worthy of at least an answer. The fact is, the days of pouring through books to find information is dead. The internet is not going anywhere, and those who embrace it can find a world of information at their fingertips. Far more than any one person could ever locate in any number of books in their lifetime.

Another thing you get with a forum that you don't get from a book is the range of opinions. Not everyone does everything the same way. For example, look at the different turn-out schedules that people on the forum use. Some keep their horses in 24/7 except for exercise for an hour or two. Others have a in 12 hours, out 12 hours type deals. Still more have a 24/7 turnout arrangement. None of these are wrong, all of them are working for the people using them. Every opinion is valid. The person who chooses to ask about turnout schedules have a wealth of answers to draw from, all with the personal recommendation of the person who suggests it.

Mods, grant me the serenity to see the opinions I cannot change, courage to change the ones that should change, and the wisdom to spot the trolls.
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post #16 of 16 Old 09-30-2012, 06:01 AM
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Just put "Horsekeeping on Small Acreage" on my "next books to buy" list! How funny!

I like the forum very much for opinions from various posters on issues which I want or need just that..."How many people find x, y, z product useful?"...

I also like the forum for two other things...1) When I've googled something but haven't enough experience to understand the answer I find on Google;


2) When I just want to discuss a situation that occurred with other horsey-folk, since I know very few in "real life".

And I also really like just READING LOTS OF POSTS, & often don't even need to post to learn a ton here! In fact, I think that is how I've learned the MOST since returning to horses, other than in a few GREAT BOOKS I've found!
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