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post #11 of 17 Old 05-12-2013, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Good to know. Thank you for the information boots and Lexiie! This is why posted this. So I can learn... It just got a little snarky at the beginning.

I do wonder though, if oats aren't good for horse feed what is the best? All I've ever known and heard around here is oats. If someone wants to get fancy they will roll them. We were advised to put corn oil on the oats to bring up the fat content, along with a loose mineral mix and electrolytic.

Also, for a conditioning program, what is yours? I am going to work with endurance horses this summer, and would love to learn as much as I can before I go.

Joe, I am sorry for my reaction there.... I do want to learn, and like I have said, my family does stuff the stupid way. For example, the mare that I just picked up is possibly bred. I want to take her to a vet and get her preg checked and get her teeth checked as well. My family thinks it's stupid and a waste of money to do this. Frustrates me to no end. I am trying to give my horses the best care I can and provide them with proper feed, water, vet, etc. I just have to fight tooth and nail for it every step of the way.

Some days I get a wake up call on on how ignorant I am about horses and their care.
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post #12 of 17 Old 05-12-2013, 08:21 PM
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It might make their backs 'hard' in the sense that they're more likely to tense against the shock of the cold water, but I doubt it makes them less likely to be sore or gall than a cool or warm water rinse to get the sweat off would do. Cold hosing leg injuries/strains can be helpful- much like icing your own injuries to help reduce swelling, but straight up sore tired muscles need heat, rest and maybe some gentle massage to help them loosen up and relax/heal.

I am glad the horses made it through without major incident and that you are looking into nutrition and conditioning for the next round.
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post #13 of 17 Old 05-12-2013, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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The book I read this in was a old cowboy book. I was wondering the same thing, if maybe they thought that it 'hardened' the back by tensing the muscles. It's good to know about this and now I know not to do it. Maybe sponging off after a long sweaty ride with warm water to take off the sweat, but no cold water.

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post #14 of 17 Old 05-12-2013, 08:40 PM
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You typically want to draw heat to a sore muscle to increase blood flow, which encourages healing.

After a certain amount of time (I can't remember, really), you want cold to take out any inflammation. This I typically for injuries like torn muscles and tendons. I've never heard of cold water on a weary back. That could cause muscle spasms in overly tight muscles.
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post #15 of 17 Old 05-12-2013, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Once again, I googled this (I really should google before asking on here, but it is very interesting and enlightening to read ya'll opinions)... oats and corn oil this time.
Corn oil I get... learned stuff that I didn't know about it and I won't be using it again. But will be doing more research on it so I can know what exactly it does and how it harms the horse.

Oats I'm not sure yet... Joe said that they are high in starch. I found that but also found that when fed to a working horse with a balanced diet they are perfectly fine. Am I not getting something here? I was told (when we first started into horses) that oats were best and to never feed barley to a horse because it (the barley) is too 'hot'. I'm assuming that they meant that it's too high in sugars?

What is the best grain to feed a horse? I only feed grain if the horse is being worked hard everyday (or more than twice a week), or in the winter if the horse is a poor doer/young.

I am wondering this and I think I will start a new thread about it, but I picked up a new mare (4 years old Paint/Morgan) and she is a tad on the skinny side. She isn't getting any grain right now, and my siblings say that she is picking up weight. But she is possibly bred (getting her preg checked as soon as possible) for an October foal. I just bought her this winter/spring from a rescue that picked up her herd from a breeding operation gone wrong.
I want to know what I should put her on pre-foal and post-foal.

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post #16 of 17 Old 05-12-2013, 10:42 PM
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I have never even heard of this. As far as I'm concerned cold water on the back is a bad thing. (The mussels tighten up)

I'd also make sure that you change your horses dieta little bit.

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post #17 of 17 Old 05-12-2013, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Change their diet how? Right now they are all just on full pasture. It's just a grass field with a little bit of alfalfa mixed in. They all, except my new mare, are a little overweight.

They don't really get worked much. So they don't need grain. They also have a salt block and access to water. All were recently dewormed as well.

I think I've ruled out the cold water thing as an old wives tale and not good. I won't be doing it in the future.

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