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k fro wrote at 2009-04-21 01:52:35
I would just like to say thank you to S. Evans for that statement above.... I have seen way to many over fed and crippled horses at very young ages.

K Fro

Windstormacres wrote at 2011-02-22 09:15:21
S Evans suggests using Rice Bran in young foals.  I would consider that all rice meal is stabilized with added calcium and that can also cause huge legs issues.  I show at halter and am competitive at larger shows, such as World level,  with foals yearlings and older, and I am very sensitive to thier legs and feet, and mine are sound as adults.  I would never feed Rice Bran to a horse under 2yrs old, same with Calf Manna for the same reasons. I suspect S Evans may not see these issues because they are using a Grass hay instead of Alfalfa.  

S. Evans wrote at 2014-05-17 20:28:00
In my initial response- I indicated that I do not suggest using alfalfa at all for youngsters. I also recommended that anyone conditioning a youngster should be consulting with a veterinarian and/or equine nutritionist before embarking on a feeding/conditioning program for an youngster. Rice bran should always be carefully balanced in order to ensure a correct calcium/phosphorus balance.

I care!!! wrote at 2014-07-03 03:30:48
S. Evans - thank you, thank you, thank you for your article and responses.  You hit it right on!!!  People take note - don't do it.  Its not worth the longterm effects by pushing the babies.


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Shelley Evans


I would be happy to respond to enquiries in the following disciplines: dressage, working western, hunter, halter (open and IAHA), hack and pleasure. I can also offer assistance with schooling and equitation issues.


Twenty years Class A show circuit including multiple championships.


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BA, MEd, Teaching Certificate (PDP), CEF Western Level I Coach, provincialy approved Hack, Equitation and Western Judge.

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