Monday, January 15, 2007

Back to Basics?

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest horse ever recorded was born in 1760 and died in 1822. That's a life-span on 62 years! Yet, at that time, horse owners had many fewer feed options, and didn't add two, three, five or more "supplements" to each meal. Have modern owners made horse care more complicated than it needs to be (possibly to the detriment of their horse's health?) Is it time to get back to learning the fundamentals rather than looking for quick fixes in supplement canisters? How do you feel about getting "back to basics?"

1 comment:

learninghorses said...

If you watch the message boards and articles, it seems that the instances of insulin resistance/diabetes in horses is on the rise in horse (like it is in humans). Perhaps we reconsidered our cheap 'sweet feeds' and super rich pastures (fields of rich grass are abundant in oregon in the spring), and consider how horses thrive in the wild. Maybe we are doing something in captivity to our horses to cause these problems?