Here's my query for today. What are the top 5 things you would advise someone to study about horses? There is sooooo much information out there, where's one to start? I love my horses and every day in this blogging world I'm realizing more and more that I don't know squat about anything. lol I know the basics that mostly everyone else knows, but I don't really have any deep down knowledge about anything in particular. I love reading about genetics, even though I hardly know anything, and BrownEyed Cowgirls' several last posts are about genetics and genetically linked lethal conditions and from which great stallions they are linked to.
So my question to anyone who wants to or can answer (or heck, even ask YOUR questions, maybe someone can answer them), what do you think should people study first or where do you suggest should they begin? I know I'd like to know more about the genetic disorders, more about certain sires that were big and why, certain rules for specific disciplines, or certain other ailments like laminitis and colic. Then you have other areas like first aid. There's much much more. I don't really know where I should start though. I know it depends too on if you own and/or ride as well. Let's assume your suggestions are for someone like me, owner and rider :)) Maybe you have a good book, or a good website, or a good magazine or something. Let's hear it, I'd LOVE to know. I have read several training type books and breed books (more like an encyclopedia).
For my second question, I'm sure you all have 100 answers and yeppers to. Have you ever went ahead with something you knew probably wasn't a great idea, but went ahead and did it anyhow? Yeah, I knew it. We are finally having some nice, mild weather yesterday. It was about 40 yesterday and I was so excited to ride. We were going to let the girls out to run, but one of the draft horses was out there. The geldings got separated from the mares last summer after one of the draft horses (we have two) would keep chasing them around any time we wanted to go get them from the pasture. THEN, when the second drafty came, the two boys would sit there and try to fight over them. I finally had enough when they started in with each other like 5 feet away from this little human. I said uh uh, no more and told the barn owner either separate them, keep them in all day or we'd be gone, so he finally put the three girls all together, which is what he should have done from the start. The girls get along great. Well, my two have their issues, but it's mine, not someone else causing the problems with each other, so that's a little different. So back to my story about yesterday. The one draft, Tundra, who's an appy percheron mix, was already turned out. We couldn't remember him ever giving us trouble, it was usually the other one, inaptly named Angel, who's part Clydesdale and part dumb shit, that gave us the trouble. So we asked if she minded if we turned the girls out with him. She said she didn't have a problem if we didn't. Mistake!!! He was ok at first and it was the girls that were squealing and turning their butts towards him with their ears pinned back and hopping around. They don't like any of the boys. I think they are lesbians. Anyhow, it was the girls causing all the ruckus so we watched and they were ok for a little while. Well, my husband just happened to turn the one time and see Tundra kick out at them. He thought he heard contact (from that nice, newly shod draft hoof) with one of them. Yeppers. Turns out to be my girl, as usual. She's ALWAYS the one to get hurt. She has a huge patch of flesh showing on her right shoulder. It's like someone skinned her. No blood or anything, but a closely skinned patch. Grrrr. When I was grooming her, which is when I noticed it, she didn't flinch or anything when I was scrubbing with the curry rubber brush. Do horses flinch at things like that? She didn't react. Then I noticed it and felt bad. Does heat at an injury sight usually happen immediately or gradually? I tried feeling and compared the right with the left shoulder, but neither of them were particularly warmer than the other. I saddled her up and tried to ride. That was short lived. She was walking really stiff and only wanted to go to the left, which is usually her off side. So we only walked for about 5 minutes and I stopped torturing her. We told the barn owner what happened and he said she probably is bruised. Maybe a couple days off and she'll be ok. Big dumb draft horse. Stupid owners :)) I know that time it's our fault, we should have known better. So, once again, mare's out of commission.
Also, when I was grooming her rump area above her tail (yep, I need to study horse anatomy for sure!), she flinched and kind of danced forward, like I was tickling her. So I ran my hand over it, pushing down and she kept tucking her butt under (if that's the right way to describe it). I hope she's not out again already.