Originally Posted by corinowalk
Why not pose that to them? Say that while you find everything else to be tip-top...you really feel that she needs a better feed source. Be careful not to put them down about their choice...some people are just now realizing that sweetfeed isnt the cure-all for every horse. Tell them that you would provide the feed and all they would have to do is scoop it out. In the case of supplements, I always measured mine out in little containers and had them ready to go. That way the barn manager or stable hand can just scoop and dump. The end.
Peggy-Sue is the best at this nutrition stuff. My little trick to finding the best bang that you can for your buck...read the labels. Corn and molasses shouldn't be in the first 5 ingredients. I believe they both equate pound for pound into straight up sugar. The problem with sugars on a horse needing weight is...they may gain the weight but will probably sweat it right back off as soon as you return to work. It has lots of other disadvantages like being linked to Insulin resistance and hyperactivity.
For me, in my area, our choices are limited. Any kind of feed I would need is going to be at your 'big box' feed stores like Tractor Supply. Read labels and educate yourself onto whats best for your horse.
I think tomorrow I will talk to the barn manager. I'm at a point where I don't really know what or who to believe. I understand that there is better feed that my Dancer could be getting and that's what I want. I will ask if they are willing to let me buy his feed. I've just heard stories of how another girl tried that and they didn't feed her horse the way she wanted, etc. Also, I'm not too thrilled that they are only offered alfalfa and I don't even think its the best alfalfa there is. I'm hoping that if I can supplement him with grass hay that he will do fine. I just feel like I'm in a bind because I've been leasing at this barn since December and for some reason never seen or heard problems. Maybe I was naive because I didn't own a horse yet. But now that I've got my own horse things have changed. I would just hate to leave bc the people are great to me and have helped me out a lot. The barn owner helped me find a horse and drove 4 hours to get him for me and didn't charge me to do that. Also, i'm not even sure he needs to have beet pulp, biotin, and oil added to his food. I'm really lost. The hard part is that so far Dancer is doing great since I got him. He has put on weight and looks great so maybe I should give this barn a few months and see what will happen. I just keep hearing horror stories and don't know what to do.