Ignorant horse owners, rant!
Something that drives me nuts about some people is how they'll buy a a farm, a horse, sometimes several horses, and not do ANY research and make no effort to educate themselves about horse ownership. It makes me want to tear my hair out!
I was talking to someone recently who needs help putting weight on their very skinny, kill pen thoroughbred. My conversation went like this:
"what kind of grain do you feed him?"
"I don't know"
"okay, how much grain do you feed him?"
"oh I don't know, a couple of handfuls"
"well because he's so thin, he will probably need to be blanketed for the winter. How heavy is the blanket you currently have?
"I don't know"
"Has this horse had its teeth floated? Vaccines? A vet check?"
"what? You have to do that every year?"
It took me all of 30 seconds to check what this person feeds and the weight of the blanket. The blanket turned out to be a lightweight one with 100g of fill, and they feed the cheapest sweet feed their local feed store has to offer. These were very basic things a horse owner should know! Upon saying they should give this horse a higher quality feed if they wanted to see more weight gain, and they were incensed. They claimed to not be able to afford the extra ten bucks per bag of feed, yet they got this emaciated horse who's riddled with rain rot.
And this is a common occurrence!
I don't want to bash people who are trying, but come on, there's no excuse in this day and age to be so uneducated about an animal you purchased! You have a supercomputer in your back pocket, can't you Google how to put weight on a horse? Or why your horse has crust all over its back that bleeds when you pick at it?
It's not rocket science... It's so easy to educate yourself.