Originally Posted by 2amazinglopers
The problem I have is a 10 month old colt I am boarding and purchased from the BO is only 12.1 hands. His parents are foundation bred quarter horses that are at least 15 hands each. I feel is growth is stunted. We will be bring him home in May. He is in a paddock with 3 other babies, he is the largest, and 4 older adult horses. Most of the time they have a round bale in there but not always. He told me they each get a scoop of sweet feed 2 times per day but no one is separated. I am willing and have went over once a day to feed him about 1 1/2 pounds of safe choice per day at my own expense to get more vitamin and minerals into him. He says I should not pour that much feed into him. I brought horse my 2 adult horses from there this summer as our old horse had lost about 100 pounds. I don't want to get into it with him as we take lessons from him but I don't want the colt to suffer either. We did not bring him home with our adult horses as I thought my mare would hurt him, hind sight is 20 20 I guess. I told him I know he is feeding him. We picked this colt out a birth, he is my daughters training project, and will be her next riding horse as her horse is getting up in years. I really don't need a horse will leg problems due to malnutrition. We try to keep every horse we get for life. Please help, I really don't want to step on any ones toes.
what I would do, if it were me, i'd go every day, work with the little one on whatever I could think of. Take him out to a safe place to work on tying, standing for grooming, lifting feet, etc, and feed him while tied. If the guy asks, you're just working on bonding and basic ground work/manners, and you want the little guy to associate tying with good things...feeding/grooming/etc. eating makes a horse relaxed...so why not multi task ;)