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Nutrition and Lifestyle
How does a horse live?
A horse by nature is a nomadic prey animal, foraging on a variety of scrub-type vegetation, and moving 20 to 30 miles a day on average over varied terrain with about 4 hours spent resting or sleeping.
expect horses to adapt to our schedules, and conveniences and ways of
eating, sleeping and exercising - which for the most part horses can do
because they are highly adaptable (e.g. they have survived for millions
of years through all climates and changes). HOWEVER, the stress brought
on by continuous unnatural living conditions create, and exacerbate,
chronic disease and a long term overall weakening of the immune system.
What is Health?
Health is defined as "Freedom from disease." In Conventional medicine, "normal" chronic conditions are accepted as healthy as long as the animal is free from devastating illness. Many signs of chronic problems or "dis-ease" , when non-life threatening, are accepted as normal health.
Whereas in holistic veterinary medicine, true health is defined as freedom from any sign of disease. A healthy individual should be able to mount an impressive immune system response to a pathogen or illness. That means "my horse has scratches" or "my horse has rain rot" needs to be thought of deeper - as a sign of immune system weakness and stress. In horses that repeatedly have skin issues, or allergies, in my opinion I would be concerned about their general overall health and would consider them immunocompromised in some way. Allergies especially are an autoimmune disorder in an organism where the immune system is imbalanced or over reactive.
"Skin is the largest organ in the body, with the internal health and nutritional state reflected in the skin and hooves. The dry, dull, bleached coats on which clients spend a fortune on shampoos and supplements, can be best treated from the inside using a [balanced nutritional] approach. One of the primary signs of a healthy horse is a deep rich color to the hair. Truly healthy horses have a glow to their coat and they do not bleach out in the sun."
-Dr Joyce Harman, DVM, CAVM
What I believe Dr. Harman so aptly is saying is that we need to give more thought to the nutritional needs of horses and how it impacts all aspects of health. For too long, horses have been subjected to high concentrate (grain) diets and not enough long stem forage (hay) which their digestive system so badly needs to maintain itself and function properly. For too long, horses have been subjected to standing in small boxes, in their own feces and urine, during most or part of their lives. They are not cave dwellers. The feeling of enclosure and restricted movement gives them no sense of safety. And for much too long, have they been required to stand and move on metal rims around the periphery of their hooves - making a structure which was provided at the birth of every horse over millions of years - to support, protect and provide traction for a nomadic desert animal - the inability to function as designed and intended.
What do horses need for health?
The American Farrier's Journal estimated that some 90 percent of horses in domestication could not pass a soundness evaluation. The degrees of lameness varying. This is a direct reflection on our management practices. It is also seen in the shortened lifespans of our horses ("old" being a relative term). Wild horses actually live longer on average than domestic horses. They do this with no intervention from us telling them to eat corn, barley and oats; or get vaccinated for every possible contagion; or chemically dewormed every two months. Their immune systems being so much the stronger.
I have seen these amazing creatures first hand in the Pryor Mountains of Montana. They are not the weak, emaciated, ill creatures which had been represented to me by certain equine professionals. I only WISH I saw body condition like that on our horses , movement like that - floating over rocks - incredible athletes. Just the flexion, the grace, the movement - and of course the resulting hooves - like works of art painted by nature. They made an indelible impression in my mind. Every horse owners dream.
What are they eating?
We need to figure this out. This is the key that unlocks the mystery. Dr Katy Watts has recently completed research showing that horses in the wild get between 12-13 percent protein from their diet, consistently. There are more results of Dr Watts research you can find on her website: safergrass.org. One thing is certain - they get some variety. They also eat on the move, not standing still.
What about their teeth? How do they chew food without the help of a "float"? Wouldn't they starve or be eaten by a predator if they had horrible dental problems?
Most of our horses get more "nutrition" from a square yard of grass that they stand on, than wild horses get in 20 miles of foraging! So why do our horses have so many "issues"? Overfed and underexercised seems to be a theme.
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