In the past 25 years I have come across some really great horse people. It has been my priviledge to learn a great deal from them. Just yesterday one of the finest Horseshoers and horsemen I know said to me. "If we had fewer horses, we'd have better horses".
Maybe having too many horses means they get too little work ,or too little attention, training and grooming, or less than the best veterinary care, or lower quality, less expensive feed, or less frequent hoof care. We have to ask ourselves if our finances, energy, and time are just being stretched too thin? Do our horses get what they deserve from us? Every time I question the quality or ability of my horse, I first need to ask that question of myself. Do I give my horses what they need to excel, or do I short change them, and then put the blame on them, instead of on myself? When I find myself saying,"stupid horse",what I am really saying is "stupid me". I am amazed that they put up with "stupid me" so much!!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
i am amazed at the amount of marketing that goes on in the equine world. There is alot of good information out there that can actually educate as well as sell you something. I am impressed with Purina and the way in which they educate. In my opinion they have many products to meet almost any need. Having said that, now knowing what you actually need is the other part of the equation. The reality is that most horses just don't need much beyond good basic dental/medical care and nutrition. Remember that every one that posts an ad, is trying to make you believe that you need their product. Don't believe everything you read or hear. Being on RFD TV doesn't make something useful or even necessary. Be a cynic, ask an impartial expert trained in nutrition, wound care, emergency medicine, lameness etc. Yes, that would be me! Before you spend your hard earned money on something, call me, it's free. We all need to be a little bit smarter and careful with our money. Spend where and when it counts the most, and get more bang for your buck!