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  1. Revengeance
    11-27-2011 03:38 PM - permalink
    Revengeance
    Weird ... i've always thought that because they eat waaay more healthier than we do they woudn't really have that kind of problems. Now that you mentioned it ... i'm quite worried ... i'm sure there are several plants that are posionous for them ... you know where i can find a list or something like that of plants that they aren't allowed to eat ( oh .. and don't worry ... i woudn't ever give a horse potato chips ... even i eat them rarely because they aren't healthy and i don't often feel any need to eat any ... even if everyday in school may sound as a temptation while everyone eats all kind of non-healthy stuff in breaks ). Ummm ... what is alfalfa ? xD have no ideea .. and what is a horse cookie made of ?
  2. Beauseant
    11-27-2011 10:02 AM - permalink
    Beauseant
    Our horses get a carefully controlled diet. The amount of time they are allowed to eat grass in monitored, they only get carrots and apples as treats or snacks, they are only allowed horse cookies, not human cookies and then only once in a while. They are allowed all the hay they want. The amount of the alfalfa they are allowed is carefully weighed and measured each day, the amount of grain the gray horse gets is carefully measured and weighed each day....the fat horse does not get grain. Both horses get a vitamin supplement which is made and packaged by the company who makes the supplements and each horse gets a different vitamin supplement since one is fat and one is thinner. We have two horses, with two completely different diets....so managing their feedings is complicated.

    I did not realize when we bought our horses that while they are big and strong on the outside, they are fragile on the inside, and that a stomach ache can kill them
  3. Beauseant
    11-27-2011 10:01 AM - permalink
    Beauseant
    Feeding is the other cause of colic and death. I never realized that too much grass can kill a horse...but it can. In the spring when the grass turns green, if a horse is left to eat too much of it, they often die. Too much grain can kill them, too much alfalfa can kill them.....what I have learned as a horse owner is that ANYTHING that goes in their mouths must be monitored and carefully measured. Even grass. We do not feed our horses human food like potato chips or french fries or spaghetti or other weird things I have read that other people do.
  4. Beauseant
    11-27-2011 10:00 AM - permalink
    Beauseant
    Sure. One thing i never realized when we bought horses is how fragile they are....in regards to their health. They are big, strong animals on the outside, but on the inside they are fragile. Colic is the leading cause of death in horses; Their digestive systems are so fragile that feed changes, stress, even a change in temperature can cause them to colic. Colic is basically just a stomach ache...but in horses, it can kill them. Can you imagine a horse dying just because the season's change and the temperature drops?? it can happen.
  5. Revengeance
    11-27-2011 08:59 AM - permalink
    Revengeance
    Heya . I don't know what to ask more about horses but i do want to know more so ... i was wondering ... can you tell me things you've learnt in time that you think i should know ?
  6. Revengeance
    11-17-2011 08:06 AM - permalink
    Revengeance
    I went again there to see if he's thin but he was inside that "outhouse" and i coudn't see... that thing has a side window .. but very very small ... i'd say 3/4 in comparison to a horses head ... don't know how he got it through it ... tried to go on the other side of the road hoping that there will be a fence closer to his stall ...but no succes ... on the other side was another peoples ground . Was hoping i could give him some attention + treats when nobody looks :( ... useless me ... yay
  7. Beauseant
    11-16-2011 10:51 PM - permalink
    Beauseant
    There are people like that here in my country also. I cannot see photos or tv programs of an animal abused without feeling sick. And horses are my special "totem animal". We spoil ours and pamper them...we keep them current on their vaccinations, hoof work, and vet exams...and they have a lovely home, with acres and acres of pasture to run....ALL horses deserve to be fed, and to live on a nice farm. i get so sad when i see how badly some are treated.
  8. Revengeance
    11-16-2011 10:47 AM - permalink
    Revengeance
    Coudn't see if he's thin because he was always in that stall and i could see only his head and front legs . I think we have the organisation only by name .. if u know what i mean. And the police won't deal with this kind of situation. Now i remember even a worser case i've seen that made me rlly angry on this country ... when i was last summer on my holiday in the mountains .. i've seen there several cases of severe abuse .... horses that were wounded at their backfeet from the cart strings ( way overworked i guess ) while their owner was getting drunk at a bar next to where they were . There were 2 horses pulling that cart .. and one of them fell down on the bench next to him and couldn't get up . I was practically forced to see that scene and notice how awfull can people in my country be while i was waiting in the bus station. I woudn't be so angry if this was 1 case from 100 but i think its more like 70/100 ....
  9. Beauseant
    11-16-2011 09:29 AM - permalink
    Beauseant
    Here is the USA, we have organizations that deal with cases of animal abuse or neglect. Does your country have the same thing? SOME horses can adjust to being alone, but most cannot. They need to have other horse companions. It is better for their emotional health and their physical health.

    If this horse isn't being properly cared for, would the police do anything? There must be an organization or legal authority you can report this to. Does he look thin? If you can see a horse's ribs then they are thin.
  10. Revengeance
    11-16-2011 08:09 AM - permalink
    Revengeance
    Your country has an animal rescue service or something like that right ? Shoudn't my country have one too ? Recently while i was going to get some extrascholar information about some things at math I went on a longer route through the lower side of my city where the houses are ,hoping that i will see horses ... fortunately i saw one but in very poor conditions ... his so called stall was slightly bigger than an outhouse and obviously he was the only horse those people had .... and they are definitely the kind of people with which you can't argue. I feel so useless ... i can do nothing to help him . The color he has is black and has a nice white star mark on his head , mane didn't look bad either . Unfortunately his stall is deep in the garden. He must feel really lonely without any other horse there ... am I right ? Do you have any ideea what i could do ? (something that doesn't involve the unreasonable owners or talking to them)

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