Micro-Managing Horses’ Diets


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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  1. Jürgen Grande says:

    Hi Casie!

    Sorry for late reply, but I discovered your homepage right now. By the way it’s become one of my favorites within a few days.
    Micro-managing is a big problem in domestic horses’ realm. There’s a great industry that thrives on the owners’ anxieties. Everyone wants the utmost for his/her beloved steed, thus spending lots of money, in most of cases with poor benefit. I don’t have to tell you, you know it all.
    Micro-managing not only concerns nutrition. It’s everywhere: training, husbandry, medical care, gear etc.
    Any today’s horse shop looks like a huge mall.
    Why do I tell this? I do the opposite!
    The ‘less is more’ principle works pretty good everywhere. This does not mean to neglect your horse. Instead you should activate common mind combined with sufficient profound (i.e. proved) knowledge – and observation.
    My current horse is a 17 year old trotter mare with eventful past. In her childhood (until six) she had to run races, then she became a riding horse for leisure. She had been shod for almost all of her life, and stabled a lot.
    I got her 2 1/2 years ago. The first thing do do with her was to do almost nothing except de-shoeing. During half a year my hoof care specialist I know for long had an eye on my sweetie and treated her hooves making amazing changes. Then he left us alone for some reasons and I had to do this job on my own. I learned a lot and studied a lot. Pete Ramey seemed, and seems, to me to be the best source for proper hoof care, so I followed his notions. Second source was, and is, the idea of LIM (less is more).
    Since two years my horse lives open stalled. Movement guaranteed, shelter huts, hay and water 24/7, good hygiene standards, two companions (gelding and mare). Almost everyday both of us go hiking together in the woods (hills up and down, on varying ground) for one or two hours. I don’t ride her. She’s not tall enough for me. And I don’t unconditionally advocate riding since I got a member in Alexander Nevzorov’s forum. Paramount: good relationship, no adrenalin, good sense in exercising (I recommend Alexander Nevzorov, Mark Rashid, Bill Dorrance, KF Hempfling et al.) and an overall understanding of the horse’s mind.
    What do I feed her? Hay, pasture (for a short time when hiking), pellets based on alfalfa, beer yeast, garlic. That’s all. I don’t even feed herbal minerals.
    I did not worm her since 1 1/2 years, because lab investigations brought negative results. No worm, no poison. No vaccinations as well. Teeth treatment once. Blood test once.
    Nevertheless she’s lively, good looking, has nice humour. And as I assume she likes me somehow.
    Less is more – that’s true!

    Kind regards,
    Jürgen from Germany

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