Myths and Fallacies ~ a collaboration of world renowned experts to generate information to dispel myth and misunderstanding about horses.
| To peer through the eye of a horse will tell you many things for they know the truth.
The web page Myths and Fallacies delves into the questions many of us had when first starting out with our first horse. I had a million and one plus questions I do recall and felt quite accomplished when I found my answers only to realize many years later that I had made a serious mistake in my judgement call for the betterment of my horse. Over the years many have brought to the attention of Voice For The Horse that they too, had often discovered too late that the stronger bit for example that their trainer insisted they use to control their horse only caused other problems. I myself remember seeing sores on the side of my horse’s mouth and what shame I feel today, realizing that I was just some ones puppet while riding my beloved horse who came to highly resent the aggressive expectations put upon us by our well paid horse trainer.
I have also come to accept, like it is in our families and with parenting, that we are taught as children what has been taught to our parents and what they taught us is all they knew. Sometimes we learn the right things that will serve us for a life time and often times we are taught things that lead us into challenges that we may never have otherwise expected. And so it is with horses!
Since 1999 I have noticed a big movement in providing a more natural life styles for horses. I remember having problematic hoof care issues with my TB that never cleared up from the day I purchased him at the age of three. This horse could never keep a shoe on and knowing what I know today will tell you that he was completely imbalanced because of his feet and how they grew. He had what I was told when I purchased him a club foot and in the opposite front foot, which was kind of shaped like a pancake if you will, a hoof that had a crack all the way from the center of the toe to the coronet band (where the hoof wall meets the hair growth). Finally one day I met a horse trainer that saw us going under saddle and when she accessed the horse told me the best thing I could do for him was to remove his shoes and trim him accordingly so that over the process of at least a year, he may be better balanced. This sounded like sound advice to me. I might add here that what I learned through this experience is that the hoof that was labeled a club foot did in fact grow faster, at least on the heel as he was not weight bearing on it as he was the other. This all became very interesting to me. Realizing then that I also had a very sore horse on my hands equine therapy became a priority, which led to many years ahead of specialized training and massage for the rehabilitation of our equines.
So, this short story of the beginning days of my first horse most certainly evolved into greater things and I have never looked back.
So, On With The Show!!
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