ok now how do I convince my dad that the hay we feed my horses is bad? Every time I confront him about it, he gives me the same lecture, "ive been around horses all my life and this is what we've always done! I've lived much longer than you so I know more than you! So don't act like a know it all...." and yaddah yaddah yaddah.
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lol lol lol lol lol The orchard grass part isn't bad, but the Johnson grass leaves a lot to be desired. Do your horses eat the Johnson Grass? Mine all nose it into a big pile, if there's any in their hay.
One of the hardest thing for us oldtimer/long timers is to change our spots - we just know the way we've been doing things has worked for years and we're not about to stop now
I had to learn that lesson the hard way when two of my horses developed metabolic issues. The way I feed today does not even remotely resemble how I fed a horse 10 - 20 - 30 - 40 years ago.
That's right. I am old enough to be retired, started riding the work horses when I was two; started breaking & training my granddad's horses when I was 12; bought and paid for my first horse at age 12 and haven't been without a horse since
I said all that to say:
Copy/paste this thread, including the Posters' names, to a word doc or just copy right from this screen, and print everything off. Highlight my screen name. He should read everyone's comments but I am probably older than your father, so he should respect his Elders and read what I wrote Essentially, all your dad has to do is buy the Minis some orchard grass/mix hay that is free of Johnson Grass and free of alfalfa. All horses need 1.5% to 2% of their DESIRED body weight in forage (hay & pasture or just hay), so you won't be buying as much hay for the Mini's as you would for a standard sized horse
I sure don't profess to know everything and I never will but, please point out to your dad, that while I have the deepest understanding and respect of his mindset and yes that is how things should be, it just isn't that way anymore
I hope he doesn't say "why not" because I will then be forced to ask the nutrition gurus for help in writing an unbiased and boring "forum book" he doesn't want to read
Letting him read this thread is the most sensible way I can think of, to get your dad to try something different, and equally as important, keep you from getting grounded