Published on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:51
Supplements from Nature
Recently our few free range hens that frequent the stables were the cause of an interesting debate
in my yard. One of the horses was delighted to find a nest of some newly laid eggs in the corner of his stable and got stuck in to eating them, shells and all when I brought them in for supper. It didn’t worry me and actually had never occurred to me as a problem as I regularly supplement working or growing horses with a raw egg in their feed especially if the hens have been laying well and we have surplus. My friends were however quite horrified that I didn’t rush in and take the eggs away from the pony and here I quote the reason being something like this, “as he isn’t supposed to eat animal protein”. In fact I have often observed horses eating eggs and we had one little Shetland that used to regularly sneak into the chicken run, chase the hens off the nests and quickly try swallow all the evidence of his raid. The Shetland thief never enjoyed the shells though and would spit them out, spending hours licking up the spilt liquid and leaving proof of his unplanned additional feed. Free ranging and feral horses have been observed eating birds eggs and even chewing on carcasses and bones, it seems they will eat animal protein if and when they need it. Obviously in limited amounts and very rarely!
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Published on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:47
Should I Geld Him?
The majority of folk seem to have this mystical idea about keeping a stallion. Recently I have seen many such people that think their horse “ has great breeding potential” and they “ want to let him do stud services”. However the sad fact is the majority of these owners are totally kidding themselves. Some don’t even know the breed of the horse, the one emphatically told me his horse’s breed was chestnut….. say no more! There are very few horses that are suitable to be kept as breeding stock, as the aim of breeding should always be to produce an animal that is superior to its dam and sire.
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