Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
• Horses: 0
Yes much has changed regarding horse care. It's a whole different world in terms of feed, compared to when we were young:)
When you start your horse hunt, give some consideration to a gaited breed. -- they are great for bad backs, knees, and shoulders:)
Along with Tennessee Walkers, Missouri Foxtrotters, Rocky's and Kentucky Mountain Horses, gaited Morgan's and Appaloosas have registries.
That's just the U.S. Horses. There are a handful of other gaited breeds that tend to be a little shorter:)
Regarding your iron question -- yes too much iron is not good. It depletes copper:zinc, both of which are needed to stabilize insulin, and give the horse healthy hooves and coat.
A horse will get enough iron, naturally in forage (grass and hay). They don't need a feed with added iron:). Most horses will do well on a quality ration balancer, regardless what area of the U.S. they live:). Brands can vary because some feed stores prefer THIS over THAT, lol
I have an insulin resistant horse, so I went one step further and feed him a soy-free, no added iron, condensed vit/min supplement. I use Timothy pellets as the carrier for whatever supplements this horse needs.
Enough on that subject so your head won't explode, lol. I just wanted to sort of bring you up to speed in the feed department:)
A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.
I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.