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post #31 of 32 Old 07-10-2011, 01:08 PM
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To smrobs: Nice horses. Cresty necks and NOT overweight. Great examples of good solid draft horses. The vet in question is probably just used to light saddle horses.

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post #32 of 32 Old 07-10-2011, 01:22 PM
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Yes, vets really are not the end all of knowledge. I don't know that I'd call her a bad vet - I've often gotten conflicting opinions from vets before and you really have to learn to filter through the information sometimes.

If this vet does ALL big animals, I would be leery about the extent of her individual knowledge of EVERY breed of horse. For example, many breeds of pony are exactly like Drafts in that they have massively cresty necks. But with ponies you DO have to watch their weight because they're so prone to obesity and founder as well.

In general, I haven't found that Drafts are overly prone to obesity. I agree fully with smrobs that what people feed them contributes FAR more to founder then weight as they carry SO much weight to begin with, they'd have to be hundreds of pounds overweight for it to make that big of a difference.

Anyway, glad we could help! Farriers see SO many different types of horse, I honestly think I'd trust a farrier over a non-horse specializing vet!

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