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Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth

The title is an old expression. You can tell how old a horse is by looking at its teeth. And it is very impolite to ask the value of a gift. So looking a gift horse in the mouth or asking the value of a gift is bad manners. And as far as horses are concerned receiving a gift horse is not necessarily a good thing.

These days with the economy in such a depressed state there are a lot of gift horses being given. Out of work people can't feed their horse so they give it away. Often the horse is in very bad condition by the time it trades hands. The new owner might have the best of intentions but might not be capable of taking care of a horse. Horse care requires a lot of expertise.

So in an effort to help new owners and indirectly, the gift horse, here will be published a series of very brief and simple instructions on the care, feeding and handling of horses.


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