Originally Posted by MollyK
And, this may be an obvious point, but sometimes our skinny TBs are skinny because they're just not eating what we THINK they are eating. As a 20-year horse owner, I'm getting a hard lesson on the feeding practices at some barns. I LOVE my horse's current barn. But remember how I posted upthread about my skinny OTTB getting THIS much neutrena and THAT much hay? Well, a quick peek into the grain room yesterday and there is not a single bag of neutrena in sight. Just some no-brand grain and beet pulp. Grrr.
I love this barn and the barn manager. It's such a tough position, asking for proof that someone who seems to care about horses is not starving your horse.
Sigh. I hate this part of horse ownership. (And I'm so glad to be able to send this far out into the ether, 'cause the other part of horse ownership I hate is barn gossip.)
Yea, I had the same problem at my barn. Even though I'm 17, I've had more experience with barn drama than almost anyone else I know. I found out that the people who feed my horse on the weekends weren't feeding him what he's normally getting, so I put a poster (yes, a poster) on his stall to let them know what he was fed. My horse has a history of colic so it is especially important that he is kept on the same schedule. Never had a problem with him being fed again. If I'm going to spend an extra $150 a month to pay for feed in addition to board, he sure better be getting what he's supposed to!!!