I love to bust horse myths! Many of these are handed down over the years, some are busted by science, some are busted by technology, some are busted by logic.
MTYH: If you suspect a colic, give meds and then call the Vet if nothing improves. I have talked to Vet after Vet after Vet - all agree that if you give meds without talking to your Vet first, you compromise the diagnostic process. That puts your Veterinarian at a disadvantage, and therefore your horse at a disadvantage.
ALWAYS call the Vet before giving meds! A dose of meds can interfere with a diagnosis!
MYTH: Cold water on your horse after exercise causes tying up. Tying up is actually a muscle disorder that can be a simple as a stiff back, or in more severe cases a horse may be unable to walk and his muscles are rock hard due to contraction without relaxation. There are many causes - none of which is cold water on your horse’s back.
MYTH: Forget about giving your horse water in the winter, he can eat snow. He would need to be eating a mountains worth of snow for this to be true. And incidentally, snow is full of gross airborne particulates - like pollution. Work on your arm muscles and bring him a nice bucket of actual water.
MYTH: One size fits all saddles are a good idea. For the rare horse out there, a one size fits all saddle will be perfect. Just like humans, horses come in all sizes and shapes - and evolve over time. Your saddle must be able to adjust with him for maximum comfort - which starts with the proper gullet width and flocking. Over months and years, the gullet and flocking may change.
MYTH: Blue eyes indicate craziness. I think this started the same way that whorl, coat color, and amount of chrome myths started. There’s probably some antidotal stories to back this up, but nothing real. Just as there are lots of antidotal stories about blue eyed horses being the best ever.
MYTH: There is only one correct direction to wrap legs. I learned that leg wraps, like standing wraps, are done from the inside of the leg to the outside of the leg around the front. This is not the case in Europe… I use my system to stay consistent. The most important things to remember about wrapping legs is to avoid over tightening, which can cause bandage bows, and make sure the under layer of quilt or wrap is free of folds and bulges. Quilts are good to practice with, they are very forgiving.
What myths make you bonkers?