I've recently started riding at a rescue ranch with around 20 horses. I really like the instructor and I think I can learn a lot from her! Her style of teaching is really nice and I've improved a lot already after only 2 lessons from her. However, something concerns me. The owner of the ranch doesn't feed the horses hay. They only eat grain. Now some of the horses have eating disorders where their food has to be made into a mush or whatever, but most of the others seem like perfectly healthy(albeit old) animals.
They are kept in pipe corrals with no access to grass. They are fed only grain. This is concerning me. I was under the impression that everyone fed their horses a hay based diet. I've never seen anything other than that! I really enjoy this place, but I'm not sure if I feel comfortable riding somewhere where the horses aren't being taken care of properly. I feel bad saying that, however. The owner is a super nice lady who has owned horses for decades and I don't want to question how she cares for her horses, as they all appear to be in good health, but this just doesn't sit right with me.
What do you guys think?