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Nature vs Nurture
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 Posted: Mon Oct 1st, 2012 05:01 am
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Hi Deb,

It was recently suggested to me that I should be feeding my young (lipizzan) horse more calcium as the recent accreditation of horses in this country had the opinion that the horses lacked bone.
Beside the scepticism brought on by the information I have gained from yourself and Pauline I have several questions. Can you even influence a horses bone through feeding or is this a purely genetic trait and the reason that our horses lack bone is because we have choosen breeding animals that lack bone?
My other question involves the history of the lipizzan. Part of the legend of the lipizzaner horse is that they have been bred in the Karst region of the now Slovenia which is an area of limestone caves. The limestone in the soil (and thus the calcium) is said the have built strong horses with a lot of bone. Was this instead an example of choosing strong horses with lots of bone to breed from?

PS I have a lot of updates for the Backing Bonnie thread...coming soon.

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