Force Equals Mass Times Acceleration

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A farrier’s anvil rests on your toe and you don’t move. Now I lift it up above your toe and say I’m going to drop it. Will you move your toe?

F=Ma is my favorite law of physics. Why? Because it often explains why your horse becomes lame. Find out in this video how the extra weight your horse carries around not only may prevent you from winning your event, but it may also end their career. (It will also move your toe).

Don’t worry if you slept through your physics class or you never took a course in physics. I guarantee that you will become an expert in this law AND you will become The Horses Advocate™.

Let me ask you this – name the diseases that affect your horse with a body condition score of 7, 8, or 9. The obvious answers are metabolic disease, insulin resistance, laminitis, lameness of every cause, rude behavior, and so forth.

So, what disease affects a horse with a BCS of 5 or 4? Usually it is just the glare of unkind people asking you what kind of mother are you? The question your ability of keeping a horse, yet your horse isn’t lame and is cooperative.

Personally I hate “they.” “They say….” drives me nuts. Why do we spend billions trying to make us thin and with the money we have left over, try to make our horses fat???

Understand F=ma and picture yourself carrying an anvil or a bag of feed or a bale of hay around with you as you try to do athletic things like jump or negotiate a trail obstacle. Hard isn’t it? So reduce the mass and the force applied to your horse’s skeleton will be reduced. Simple, but your vet and farrier will not be happy as they will have less drama in their lives.

Learn more from this video.

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