MEET BALINI-or Bali for short....AND LEARN ABOUT WHY CHESTNUT HORSES HAVE IT SO BAD HERE IN NZ! Feel free to share to all NZ horse owners.
This is Bali, who arrived to us this afternoon....he's seen here in the photos meeting some other members of our herd....Otto and Max, our 2 heavyweight horses.
Bali was donated to us suffering from severe behavioural issues, and is the typical toxic Chestnut rescue horse, that we help people with the most here at Natural Horse NZ ....in fact we help Chestnuts coloured horses more than any other type of horse regardless of breed.....and as always we wanted to share with you some facts about Chestnut coloured horses as to help you, and others who have them, which will hopefully make you understand why they suffer the most here in New Zealand, in our extreme grass affected conditions.
FACTS ABOUT CHESTNUTS:
1-CHESTNUTS ARE MORE SENSITIVE: recent research has shown that Chestnut horses are missing certain genetic receptors that make their central nervous system more delicate, often making them more susceptible to a wide variety of issues such as sun burn, mineral deficiencies, skin conditions, as well as being more seriously affected by grass sugars, and grass toxins, and how those toxins affect the nervous system and the synapses to the brain etc...exactly the same as is often found in red headed humans.
2 WHAT IS CHESTNUT: Chestnut in is a very common coat colour, and often a genetic base colour for a lot of horses, and therefore within the spectrum of a wide range of shades from Cremello to the typical Chestnut like Bali as shown, right through to the Sorrels, and even some very Dark Bays, so therefore owners are not always aware they have a true chestnut horse, and all the issues that go with that.... so please be aware that your horse may be a "hidden" chestnut and that this info may affect you due to that.
3-CHESTNUT RESCUE HORSES: Due to the absence of these genetic receptors within the Chestnut horses physical makeup, our studies and research has shown that sadly Chestnut horses are the largest proportion of all rescue horses within New Zealand, suffering with the most highly elevated behaviours due to the mutated receptors causing conflict within the central nervous system, with Chestnuts out numbering as slaughter horses or donated as rescue horses by a ratio of 2-1 of all other coloured horses. This is not an accident-this is due to having a more challenging time of it when it comes to sensitivity to the environment, including feed, for chestnuts.
4-MINERALS: Chestnuts have a greater need to be on correctly balanced minerals (not just magnesium which will only serves to actually make them worse) due to this, and if this balance is just a fraction off, this is not being met and will result in negative behaviours from the horse.
5-TOXIN BINDER: Chestnut horses should be given a quality daily toxin binder, containing the all important ingredient of Glucomannan, for the rest of their lives as their thin skins and missing genetic receptors makes them prone to the affects of grass toxins, added to any of the above facts and its this that pushes horses like Bali over the edge with behaviour.
Unlike any other supplement providers, we uniquely tailor our minerals to support Chestnut horses, along with our toxin binders, as can be found on this link: http://www.naturalhorsemanship.co.nz/SHOP-TOXIN-BINDERS---MINERALS.html