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Date Posted: 18:59:14 02/13/09 Fri
Author: Megan
Subject: Health problems?
In reply to: Helen 's message, "Doomed?" on 01:18:22 01/12/09 Mon

>I'm really kind of surprised to hear of such health problems with these horses. I live in New England and the only Friesians I've heard of passing away were either due to the new bird flu, (EEE, before there was a vaccine and which can happen to any horse), and the other did die of colic but was older and had some weight issues, which also can happen to any horse. It seems to me that the health issues mentioned could pretty much happen to any horse with the exception of dwarfism which in itself seems pretty rare. How many people actually know personally of a Friesian that is dwarfed? I'm no breeder but I do own a 2 year old colt stallion. So far he seems pretty classic style, not baroque and not sport type. To me, what I've read, is that baroque style is the really heavy almost draft type. I think the style Friesian mentioned before might be more of the classic style? I do agree, however that the sport type are too lean and thoroughbreddy. I have never known any Friesians in my area to have these health issues. One little issue that mine has, and again this can happen in any breed, is scratches, which is easily cured with some malaseb spray and shampoo. I think it is an extremely far, outlandish cry to say the "breed is doomed." This just creates unwanted paranoia for the rest of us laid back friesian owners. Regular vaccinations, regular worming, plenty of water in cold temps and branmash every now and then keep things pretty regular and avoid colic. These are simple measures. As for the other problems mentioned, I'm not familiar with them so I don't have input to provide regarding that. This just seems like a whole lot of hype for nothing.

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