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Re: [RC] rate him - rides2far@xxxxxxxx

 Endurance is a tough sport.  You buy a horse with compromised innards due 
to bad worming care in his early years and you sentence 
him to an early death. 

Yes, and you buy a horse with compromised joints and you may cripple him up so 
that he has no future. And if I ride a horse that trips I may be paralyzed, and 
if I don't get the hungry horse he will probably end up being bought by some 
redneck with a dry rotted saddle and a rusty curb bit. Noticed the horse that 
died on the Rolex course had a rupture. Figure he got early worming? 

I read an article once where a vet school tested for worms at two different 
sites. One was a breeding farm with lots of horses that wormed every 6 weeks or 
so. The other was a horse out in a cow pasture who had never been on any 
schedule at all. The horses on the breeding farm had the highest infestation. 

This week I looked at 4 horses. 3 were overweight. 1 was grossly overweight. 
This one was skinny. Guess which one looked the healthiest to me? The skinny 
horse's feet were in better condition, he moved better...honestly I think I'd 
rather get a horse who's been without than one who's dying of overindulgence! 
I'm beginning to think lush pasture is the biggest threat to any horse's health.


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