Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
• Horses: 0
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.