I especially feel sorry for horses kept in cells......I mean stalls, with no exercise. That has to suck.
My guys are in pens, which at least offers them a little room to run and buck. And I ride them as much as possible. In an ideal world, I would have pasture.
I agree about the not picking on the horse while riding too. Work on things a little, when you and the horse are clicking. The rest of the time, just relax and let the horse relax. Relaxation should be a goal for horse and rider too.
I do worry about feed a lot......guilty as charged. But that's because I am having to make due with what is available (normally straight alfalfa) and trying to balance it out, especially for my mare when she was pregnant and the foal when he was growing. But balancing it out doesn't mean a bunch of supplements. More like picking out one or two things (like oats or Strategy AX) that will complement the alfalfa and not add more calcium/protein to a hay that is already overly rich in those nutrients. Yeah, I am a little guilty of over thinking feed.