Christine

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    The important thing for people is to accept where they are right now. Most of us have come up through the traditional route. We’ve all done things in the past that with hindsight we’d rather not have done. Horses are amazing because like dogs and humans they are capable of managing within a wide range and not suffering long lasting effects.
    I’d also argue that the old traditional was much better for horses than the current fad for stables and small paddocks.
    When I first learned to ride – many years ago – horses were hardly ever stabled. Yes they would go in stables but they didn’t live in stables. The riding school I went to had a lot of horses. It was also a farm. Horses were turned out in a herd of 20+ in 30 acre fields. The ate grass and hay. Some got some hard feed but not many – barley or oats and bran. We now know these are not good feeds for horses yet they thrived on it, had little disease and laminitis was rare. if your horse had a rug it was a jute new Zealand rug that you needed a crane to lift. The pasture was alternated with cows and sheep.
    Now stabling is common, a horse has a wardrobe and paddocks are tiny with one horse in each.

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