Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
I agree with you that's it's your horse, your rules.
But purely for devil's advocate purposes I'll throw this in - we have taken horses away from their natural environment, we fence them in and control their diet. Inadvertently we are altering their diet from what they would choose for themselves, and we have taken away their option to 'self-medicate'. The example given above of supplementing a diet with magnesium is a good one; if horses could freely roam and graze they would find the correct balance of minerals themselves.
So possibly, hypothetically, your horses diet is different from what he would choose himself. Possibly, hypothetically, you are inadvertently feeding him the equivalent of chicken nuggets, fries and chocolate crispies, thus making it hard for him to calm and concentrate. If that were the case, it would be appropriate to supplement his diet with the natural minerals or vitamins that he wants to help his brain function.
I though have absolutely no knowledge of your horses diet, lifestyle or behaviour and so I stick with my initial statement that other people have no place in deciding what you feed him.
Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.