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post #21 of 22 Old 06-24-2015, 11:02 PM
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Quick note to this... ALL horses have evolved in harsh conditions & for eating 'poor'(compared to our improved, rich & cattle fattening varieties) & often sparse roughage. Of course, some breeds/types are more or less sensitive than others, it is their *management & diet* which leads to them developing 'metabolic disorders', which are largely NATURAL bodily responses to too rich diet, not 'disorders'.

As for 'hardy' breeds, as with dogs, the more refined you get in breeding, the more you focus on enhancing certain traits, the more likely there are to be 'side effects'. Solid x-breeds, or those bred for working rather than showing tend to be the hardier & healthier, in both the dog & horse worlds.
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post #22 of 22 Old 06-24-2015, 11:07 PM
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My lipizzan doesn't need shoes, barely eats anything, is a great mover, is smart, sweet, brave, and sure footed. He's the best of everything.
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