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Brilliant!! I must get one done now….
Thanks for coming into the forum 🙂 That is quite a family you have there to look after.
I think a lot of us are like that with FT you get started and enjoy the relationship and then the work begins, I know that is how I have found it, I almost need to take a few weeks off and just do something everyday, although I am sure Chuck will tell me differently and that it should be part of the daily routine, moving on lol!
If you have done any videos you would like to share with us please do, it would be great to see your horses and how you are handling them so far. I must do one!
Look forward to hearing more from you Wanda.16/10/2017 at 09:05 in reply to: Effects on horses when feeding silage haylage and hay #204240
That is why I never trust science alone as tests are often not complex enough.
Heck Judy, Chuck will be around later and he will advise I am sure. This is something I have been avoiding, had Willow 2.5 years and never had the dentist out, trimming is bad enough, mind you I have only been working with Chuck this year so not expecting miracles there yet.
Are you expecting him to do anything except look? I was told that if a dentist uses no power tools it is better, I feel anxious for you, I cannot imagine how it will be for me whenever that day comes, just makes you think how much more you should be doing instead of just enjoying your horse lol! well I do.
Look forward to hearing all about it. Good luck!04/10/2017 at 07:56 in reply to: What happens when a horse experiences a fear/flight reaction #204220
love that story 🙂
You should do now Chuck, let us know if you dont get this reply…
Setting up two areas is not easy as there is only 1 dry area, the rest is outside. I need a new shelter outside but I have to be able to afford that one.
I do think it is already making a difference, she now knows they can’t get her so now I must teach her patience, other than that she does what is expected.
Will do a video very soon now but wanted to wait until things had settled a little more.29/09/2017 at 19:32 in reply to: Hope I did this right. Ever wonder if gut sound are normal in horses or if no so #204212
That sounds a good way Chuck, it is about knowing what you are listening for and at what time of the day too.26/09/2017 at 07:05 in reply to: Evolutionary Differences Between Cattle & Horses And Range Damage #204208
As the article says, it is money that determines which animal grazes. We have the same here on Dartmoor, less ponies and even less cattle and sheep these days as they don’t want the land carved up which is stupid because there is more gorse and braken than ever as not enough animals to trample it down.
I did not realize the wild horses had a poor digestive system either, one wonders how they survive through all the bad weathers and how a domesticated horse is so pampered.
Great article Chuck. Thanks
He will be a star! I am sure… he obviously wants to please OR likes the treats a lot ha..
Brilliant Louise, you and I both! Looking forward to more from you two 🙂
I also agree with you Midi and Chuck. Too much is thrown at a horse in the HOPE of getting it right which is why we are seeing so much more laminitis and other problems.
It is the same in humans, so many problems around digestion, an epidemic of type 11 diabetes seen in children, it used to be ‘late onset diabetes’ to many prepared meals and absolute junk, same for horses really…
I just remember being at the riding school when I was about 8 and feeding the horses buckets of oats and molasses at the end of the day lol! it has always stuck in my mind and this is many more years ago than I care to mention, however, that was how people fed their horses, that and grass, I can’t even remember hay, am sure there was some!
It would have been interesting to have charted the lifespan of those horses. I am sure someone has, we now have horses living into their 40’s some somebody somewhere has it right.
Luckily for me I have not joined the ranks of giving mine hard feed but have trialled, for over three months at a time, with each of the follow, herbs for parasites, herbs for immunity, minerals, turmeric and so on. Herbs never did the job, am sure they helped and I am a big herbal fan too. I have tried western salts with lecithin for weight loss/maintenance, so feel now I need to take Willow into winter with good nourishment, she will naturally lose weight but due to her physical size being Fresian it is difficult to tell when she has lost condition and I would like to work on that.
She is dull, lacks lustre and energy – until she is scared of something, then she shows she has something about her lol. Also, keeps having a high worm count, I think she may have come here with pinworms but the red worms too and this year she has had mites and a bacterial problem around her lower legs something she never had the first year she was here. So feel I am battling, probably for perfection, but why not ?
I have started the Astrids Oils, it has the highest Omega 3 I have seen, plus all the vits and minerals that come from that. She has herbal muesli from Thunderbooks as the chaff to put it in plus some pieces of apple, carrot, and other fruit or veg depending on what I have.
We willl meet, I am sure 🙂
Hey Midi, welcome to the forum, it is lovely to learn about you and your horses and also the lovely work you do too. I am a human nutritionist and now learning, as we go, about equine nutrition.
I am ‘late back’ to horses after many years of not having them and suddenly I have a Fresian mare who is delgihtful but fearful of everything, I too found FT and Chuck whilst searching for some help to guide me with Willow.
Looking forward to seeing more of your posts soon 🙂
It is a long winded one to answer too. I get your points re the digestion, lets presume, like all of us know in this group, the horses are on adlib hay and grazing but they are elderly, losing weight/condition and equally undernourished – or perhaps the overweight horse (like my Fresian) who is still possibly undernourished as often times you can find in an overweight human.
Now, also presuming the hay or grass is not giving any value other than fibre.
So, what can we do?
Hi Louise, Interestingly enough I have done that, there is still a scrabble but its only a few days and it will take time for her to learn they cannot get to her. I primarily did this as Willow, who was here first, always had her bed area, that was trashed because of the others and she used to love to lie down in the evening when it got dark so I have done that and she can still see the others.
So am working on that 🙂
I don’t think Chuck is getting notifications as he has not seen this so will check on my techie to see what is happening lol!
Ha… how lovely! and I guess the big boys looked on at him ?
Awww…. that is lovely! well the bit about the kids and the kidette lol! and just how they adapt is amazing BUT they still have you Chuck and they know that 🙂
Do you use a tablespoon of the dried turmeric or less? also you need to add black pepper (piperine) to activiate the turmeric.
Thanks for the prompt at looking at this again. Willow has some kind of bacterial problem either greasy heel or something. I got the vet out for confirmation which was a complete waste of time lol!
Going to make some of this up today, it is just how much they can tolerate really.
I too learned at the riding stables when I was about 7 or 8 I spent all my Summer holidays there just waiting for the end of the day to get a bareback, halter only ride on the road to the field, usually with two or three in tow!
Like you, the horses were brought into stables to be cleaned up and tacked up etc. Then I come back to horses after many many years and here I am, on this road backwards so to speak and all around me, some 25 years later are still doing the same thing and worse, harsh bits, whips, omigod, it makes me sick.
All we can do is keep on demonstrating how things could be and at the end of the day, how much easier it is (well it will be for me and Willow one day lol
Lovely story Christine. There will be a lot of people go through some kind of traditional, to NS and then onto doing your own thing, the main thing is you listenened to your horse and stopped the riding as you knew that was not the problem and then developed the relationship.
Chuck is not different, read his story on Lady.08/09/2017 at 06:22 in reply to: Dermatitis on fetlocks. What to do. What y'all think? #204140
This is quite worrying as Willow seemed to have mites, now greasy heel or some such thing, I maybe should get the vet out but to be honest, I don’t think they are very helpful!
That is so nice Debbie and he knew he had the choice.04/09/2017 at 19:20 in reply to: Hope I did this right. Ever wonder if gut sound are normal in horses or if no so #204120
One of the interesting points was using the ‘four examinations’ of Traditional Chinese Medicine and that we don’t need to be a vet of TCM practitioner – it really is, across the board, listening to our horses in every way.
Just off to buy a stethoscope!
Hi Debbie, thanks for the link, do you know the owners of this business? maybe you are involved in it, it would be great to know, even though they are not in the UK we are looking for decent companies to link up to. Also, I love herbs, as a human nutritionist myself they are so useful and very undervalued and mis-understood too.
I live here, so Willow is right outside of the door or in the paddocks, they have free choice to come in or stay out and sometimes I think she takes it for granted that I am here when she wants me. Like you, recently, I have thought oh well, if that is it then so be it but then I want more out of it, I want to have that relationship I see Chuck have with his horses and I know it can be done.
Willow will stand there for as long as she can all the time I am scratching her and doing all the things she likes, the minute I ask for front feet, she is off or if I have not scratched in the right place she gives me a dirty look.
The feed timing is a problem because I need a special place for us to share the food and for her to learn patience and that she just does not get what she wants on demand, Chuck, I think, would agree.
So, that was what I was referring to when I wrote about having three others with no manners and no chance of being taught any lol! What could I do that would help us. I am not really prepared to be outside doing the food when it is pouring down with rain and windy and Chuck says we need a special place.
Hopefully he will check in on this and make some comments, it would be nice to have that, I think he will as he will see this in his inbox ha….
Hi Debbie, so glad you got your feedback and that it was helpful! it’s great to be able to see Chuck critique your video, I am learning from it too.
I promise I will put one up soon, I have a problem with other horses around and things going on the farm, I love you place it looks so peaceful and love how Rocky likes hanging out with you.
It is inspiring 🙂
Wow, that is super smart, I was thinking about using my phone but I don’t think it will work very well, I do have a video camera somewhere lol
And yes, it is encouraging, I just need others to bring theirs in too.
Hi Debbie, thank you so much for sending in the video and a lovely message 🙂
I don’t think Chuck has seen this yet and as we are all in different time zones that makes it a little more difficult for immediate interaction ha…
The video requires access as it is, quite rightly, a private video. Let us know what we need to access it please.
You are in the right place but it is also great to post in the General Forum for those who are not members just so they can get a flavour of what we do and why.
I am working on everyone coming into say hello but they are not quite getting it yet lol despite being added in.
Hopefully the list will increase and we can all share our journey.
Thanks Debbie, the forum is coming together now, hopefully I wont have to ask anyone else to re-write anything. It is lovely to hear about you and Rocky.
Check out how to load a video, be great to see you and your herd and I am sure Chuck will want to see how you are doing 🙂