Horse Talk - Page 47
It's your horse, your money, your choice. Just remember - there are no guarantees; Secretariat's full sister The Bride lost all 4 of the races she was entered in. Both of my mini Blondie's parents were show horses, but conformation-wise, she's a wreck. You aren't looking for anything spectacular, and as long as you get something usable, you probably won't have any complaints.
But if you are breeding a $600 horse, a stud fee of $300 sure looks more attractive than $3000.
I have a little chihuahua and I bred her to a stud dog for a litter, and I sold one (registered and with all his shots and I found an AWESOME home for him) (and I put way more into shots and ultrasounds and x rays than I made off the pup I sold) and I kept the other two, well I kept one and my sister kept the other, and now they're all fixed and living happy lives, and I absolutely love having a puppy from my most favorite dog. The puppy is a lot different for her, but also has some of the same quirks, and I've got to watch her grow from the day she was conceived and that's pretty special. So I know I'd be happy with doing the same thing with June
Blondie was 8 months old when I got her, and she'd been trimmed several times. Good thing - as cow hocked as she is, she wore down the insides of her hind feet a whole lot faster than the outsides. It took a lot of work to keep her feet anything like level. I like to think the work paid off in maybe helping to straighten her out a bit, any way, her feet wear more evenly now. Unfortunately, she still has stifles that tend to lock if her toes get long, so I have to keep her rear feet at a much steeper angle than what most would consider 'ideal.'
Betsy was 9 years old when I got her, and as hard as she was to handle, I doubt she ever saw a farrier (unless previous owners were drugging her first, which would have been an adventure in itself). I suspect her feet had been left to 'self-trim.' If you have rocky soil, it can work (I know someone in the piedmont area that has one horse that their farrier never trims, because she never needs it), though it can also look nasty at times. Soft, sandy soils like we have here don't do it well, and I have seen neglect result in horribly distorted feet, particularly on donkeys.
Obviously, nobody trims the wild horses, so it isn't absolutely essential to a horse's well being. But there are some issues that apparently can be helped by corrective trims, though you'd have to know they are there to begin with. Having their feet picked up and worked on should be part of every young horse's training, though with 50 young animals on the property, I'd be surprised if those folks had even had the time to get them all halter-broke. It's not rocket science; a lot of people do barefoot trims themselves (or even basic shoes), but once again, there's the time factor, and most people couldn't begin to find the time for 50 young horses, to say nothing of the mares that produced them.