The Problem with Grass
A horse in his natural habitat for the most part, trickle feeds on high fibre grasses, bushes, shrubs and trees. He gets a little bit of nutrition from a lot of low nutrient density mouthfuls.
He is never confined behind fences and forced to eat unbalanced re-growth grass especially that which grows on fertilised land. He would rarely if ever get to eat so-called ‘improved’ grasses like rye-grass or legumes like clover and lucerne.
This is why we must supplement the horses nutrition with added minerals and vitamins. Quality Horse Supplements are a necessary part of today's horse keeping.
Read More... on which grasses are good for your horse and which grasses to avoid and why.
Read how to manage your pasture so it doesn’t cause problems
Despite their owners spending vast amounts of money on professional advice, thousands and thousands of horses and ponies all over the planet succumb to a wide array of serious health and behaviour problems every year.
Thousands are put down, turned out, sold for the wrong reasons, don’t reach their full performance potential or are retired far too early.
Thousands become metabolic, get laminitis, are diagnosed with ‘sacroiliac’ problems, become head-flickers/shakers, get mysterious bouts of colic, allergies and skin conditions or mud-fever, buck or spook people off, are forever needing therapies and treatments for ‘muscle-soreness’ or have endless trouble with saddle-fitting.
Ever more horses become over-reactive and therefore dangerous. The combination of an over-reactive horse with a person who does not ‘read’ these signs is a recipe for a serious accident.
The emotional toll on their owners is significant. If your horse isn’t right it ruins your whole day. The economic toll can strain relationships because the non-horsey half doesn’t understand.
Desperate owners spend significant amounts of money on every treatment known to mankind. They spend it on everything except the ‘one thing’ that will make the most difference: their grass and its proper management.
DR DEB BENNETT PhD from www.equinestudies.orgwill be conducting two Ridden Horsemanship Clinics in NZ late April.
The Theme is “Seven Habits of Very Successful Riders”. There will be the usual seminar over lunch between ridden sessions.
The Auckland Clinic is full for Rider spaces but plenty of auditor spaces
Liberty Circle Ranch, Helensville
29/30/1 April/May (Tues/Wed/Thurs)
The Hawera Clinic has 4 rider spaces and plenty of auditor spaces
Indoor Arena Egmont A & P
25/26/27 April (Fri/Sat/Sun)
More about the clinis here...
The Buck Brannaman clinics have been and gone.
Some of the Photographs from the Christchurch clinic can be seen at www.cathydee.com
If you would like to see proofs of your horse at this clinic, please email Cathy - firstname.lastname@example.org
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