No sorry, I love your asking these questions. I think they are very interesting topics.
Regarding vets, we have some very good ones where we live and in a little more then a year I myself will be a licensed vet (I am finishing vet school now).
You are right, the risk of founder is always in the back of our minds. Our minis are out on the pastures 10-12 hours per day approximately, the rest of the time they are in large open barns with exercise and play area. So far we havenīt had any case, letīs keep our fingers crossed!
In Spain we donīt have shows yet, but we plan on changing this soon:)
By the way, I love your Gipsy horses, they are awesome!
I know very little about Gipsy horses, do the very long fetlock hairs make them more prone to skin problems in the area, or is this just an urbane myth? When I heard this I was very skeptical as it seems to me that these hairs fulfill important protective functions.
In our minis we cut down a little bit the very long fetlock hairs during winter (when we donīt trim)just to prevent them from collecting all the dirt of the world...but keeping enough of it to protect the skin underneath from bad weather conditions.
Enjoy a nice evening,
Iīll go back to the books:)