Lets face it, I've never met a horseperson over the age of 10 that wasn't sure they were an expert in some aspect of horses, if not the whole ball of wax. Since there is no singular "right way" to do almost anything equine related, we all have our favorite method, solution, procedure etc... and are at the ready to dole out advise at the drop of a hat (or helmet). I am a member of many groups on Facebook, so that I can keep abreast of everything that is going on in the market. It is astonishing how many people pose questions to groups in hope of getting some useful advise. I don't have a problem with most of the questions and the majority of the answers, because the problems are benign enough and common sense usually prevails. What gets me a little unnerved is when people are asking total strangers for advise that they should be getting FROM THEIR VETERINARIAN!!!!! As I have mentioned in previous posts, I worked in a couple of equine practices. Please establish a good working relationship with a vet. Try a few on for size. See who you relate to the best; see who has similar views. Once you find one you like, treat them well; listen to what they say, follow the treatment plan and pay your bill in a timely manner. In turn most of them will be happy to give you PROFESSIONAL advise free of charge. You can call them up and ask, for example, the correct dosage of Bute for your animal. Please don't rely on lay people for medical advise. We all love our animals and want what is best for them, and most of us are on a budget. Vets understand this and they will be happy to work with you to solve your animal's problem in the most economical way. In this case "book learnin' trumps the guy who hasn't kilt one yet doin' this or that"!
Have a Smart Day!!