I offered to buy alfalfa cubes, and feed her 2x a day, and even take over her feeding so the barn owner wouldn't have to worry about it. All I got was " I don't do self care. We will need to discuss it. "
I am having some serious trust issues where I'm not sure that I can trust her to feed the extra feed I buy for my horse, and like hell I'm going to pay extra for her to -maybe- feed my horse extra feed.
Like I said.. I really like her. But this is putting a bad taste in my mouth. I'm between another crappy barn, and people I don't like, and sometimes my horse won't get fed like I pay for.. and this- which may or may not improve over the next 2 months, when the grass comes in.
I have a question, do they have any place at all to stand out of the muck? A shelter of some kind? Some place dry? I would worry about thrush and other hoof issues occurring from prolonged exposure to muck and moisture. 17 horses on a smaller dry lot will produce a lot of manure and pee which is easily churned into the mud. Does your barn owner do anything to remove it? And can your mare even have access to the shelters if there is one or is she pushed out by other horses? Anyway I would keep an eye out for any thrush developing in your mares hooves, the last thing the poor girl needs is to be sore on her feet and even less mobile to move away from other aggressive horses.