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Date Posted: 17:45:48 02/19/09 Thu
Author: Randy
Subject: Health problems?
In reply to: Megan 's message, "Health problems?" on 18:59:14 02/13/09 Fri

I have to agree with Megan. I also don't think anyone here is qualified to make such far out assumptions. Not with out doing a complete study on all breeds of horses over the course of a reasonable period of time. Even then it would be open to interpretation.

>>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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