Funny thing about vets.... they know a LOT more than the average horse owner. I would put any one of my vets up for a battle of knowledge against probably anyone on this board and be confident enough to put a bet on them.
You and your friend and granny and the neighbor and the mysterious stranger who might have given the poor horse with the disease that only this girl has ever seen a lot of sugar and treats as a present and anyone else involved do not have the learning, the knowledge, the training, to take care of these problems with the horse. You clearly do not, because when tried-and-true suggestions are given, you have a reason they won't work.
A VET is the best person to ask. Not us. THE VET can see the horse in person, see its behaviors first hand, check for a true illness or disease, tell you if your horse is in bad shape or good shape, and will tell you EXACTLY how to fix it. There might be nothing really wrong with this horse. Vets are awesome like that. So much knowledge and experience. They are well worth their price. They can see more new horses in a week than most pro trainers get through their barns in a year.
You know what? We went without electricity for about four months in a particularly bad time for us because the horse's bills came first. We had the vet out in that time as well. The horses always come first. It doesn't matter what horse it is, what time it is, what the weather is, their health is OUR RESPONSIBILITY. We could have a million problems going on, but the horses will always be taken care of. The world falls apart and the horses are taken care of. Beg, borrow, or steal, the horses get what they need.
A handful of peppermints is not going to give a thousand pound horse a sugar high. I could probably give my yearling a whole bag and it wouldn't affect his behavior. The whole &quot;sugar high&quot; thing is nonsense. This is a training issue. Not a feed issue(though changing wuld be nice). The horse needs to be trained. The owner needs to be trained. The caretaker needs to be trained.
Here's my next suggestion. What can you, or your friend do if ganny won't care for the horse better? Move the horse somewhere else. Start caring for the horse yourself. Sell the horse and use themoney to buy something that you don't have to work to take care of or know anything about, like a lawn statue. Call a horse professional out, a vet, a trainer, a breeder, a barn manager, someone with more horse knowledge than you. Ask them to see the horse first hand and ask theiropinion on it.
And not to be mean, but I hope you aren't the only source of information your friend has for learning about horses. How to feed your horse is somethingyou should know BEFORE purchasing the animal.
Last edited by LadyDreamer; 12-11-2010 at 10:52 AM.