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OTRR Chat: You Asked and We Answered!

Welcome to OTRR Chat! This is where I pick an email that I have received through the week and reply! I get a lot of questions through out the week and I thought “maybe someone else wants to know the answer too!” so here you go! If you have a question for me, email me at I always reply and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll try to find someone who does. Ok, let’s chat!

Hi Leigh, 

I read in your bio, you worked for The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Health for many years, being around vets and dealing with large pharmaceutical companies, what is one thing you learned that you would pass on to horse owners? 


Amy V.



Hi Amy,

Thank you so much for emailing me! You’re right, I worked for The Horse/Blood-Horse Publications for 12 years and was around equine vets quite a bit! 🙂

Honestly, the biggest thing that I learned that I can pass on to you is to try and keep things as simple as possible. In all my years of talking to veterinarians, I will say that is the best take away, at least for me. I remember speaking with a very reputable equine vet and founder of a large equine hospital and him saying this very thing. He said it has been his experience that sometimes rest and time off is the best medicine we can give these animals. I never forgot that and I couldn’t agree more. Spending as much time  as we do with our horses, we know when they are tired, burnt out and just need some time to decompress. It’s our job to constantly be aware.

Of course there are times in a horse’s performance career that they will require medical care, however, consistent routines and basic daily care goes a long way in keeping them healthy. This is what I have always tried to apply to my horses, just keep it simple. I think sometimes we make it too hard.  I keep them on a strict daily routine, give them wonderful nutrition, consistent workouts, and work hard to keep them happy every day. I think keeping it simple and coming up with what makes your horses strive is the best we can do for them.

I hope this helps!