Originally Posted by Got2Gallop
Also since all horses were brought in and grained in their stalls at night and none of them would have seen Lily getting her grain since I would bring her in an hour before the other horses when I got off work, it wouldn't have caused any issues for the BO in the pasture.
Sorry, I have to laugh. Yes, it would cause problems for the BO.
If one of my horses was brought in early & given grain you can BET that the others horses would know what was going on! While you are only concerned with one horse, she considers the herd.
This is also setting your horse up for resentment & retaliation by the other horses for her special treatment. You may be her owner but if she is to be part of the herd
she has to appear
to respect the herd heiarchy. And believe me the lead mare & the spoiled brat will notice & get back at her.
It is the Nature of the Herd (a pecking order if you will), don't mess with it so your horse doesnt have to pay for your attention. Do you really want to put your horse through this?
Let the BO do what she is paid for.