Today I was talking with one of me deputies, a former horse owner himself, about my new mini, when he asked me how he was doing with my mare.
After telling him about what I thought my mares thoughts were about him I then went on to tell him about when I fed my mare and how he was trying to get her food. He kept inching his way closer and closer and every time he would get a little too close my mare would look at him put her ears back and after he took a few steps back she would go back to eating, finally my mini made his was to her bowl just at the right time that my mare did not notice until he had got a little bite, she then lifted her head turned around and walked off, all the while her head held high almost like she was saying "Well you can have it now, you have tainted it". I then had to run him off her feed and lead her back to it, funny as crap considering she is a beast compared to him.
He then laughed and made the comment "He must have been done with his feed". When I replied with "No, I am not feeding him anything right now" he glared at me like I was committing a crime.
I then went to explain about how I still have grass for grazing and I have free choice salt and mineral blocks and how I am not feeding him anything extra right now because he is 209 lbs and only about 26 inches tall. He still gave me the same look and said that I should still be giving him at least a handful of grain.
I then said I just do not want him to founder, he is getting everything he needs in my opinion and until he looses a little weight I was not going to feed him anything extra and even when I decide he is ready for feed I will give him something very low in fat. He kinda shrugged it off and dropped the subject.
At the time I was not concerned nor did I think I was in the wrong.
I mean not to sound mean or talk bad about one of my guys but he is the kind of horse owner that gets his horses feed in bulk from a small town feed store that mixes their own feed, not that I think its bad but they do not even have a label or anything saying what all is in it and what the fat/protein and all contents are.
He is also very old school and a small minded horse owner, he is one of those horse owners who just decided at an older age he wanted to have some horses in his back yard, so I do not really take anything he says seriously when it comes to the care of my horses, he basically knows nothing when it comes to anything other then the basics.
So like I said I do not value any knowledge he claims to know.
I know this sound really mean and I love him to death as a person, but horse wise I can just tell with in the first 5 minutes of a conversation with someone if they know what they are talking about, come on I know someone understand what I am talking about.
Anyway, but now it kinda has me worried.
I still do not think I am doing anything wrong, and I feel he is getting what he needs to remain healthy, but I would like to get your opinions.
I would like to her from other mini owners.
I have dealt with the up keep with ponies but never really dealt with minis before, although I do not feel like it is all that different from a normal pony I just want to make sure I am as educated as possible.
Thank you in advance.