Hello! I am going to be a horse owner as of this weekend officially. I am not new to horses totally (I've ridden my friends horses over the years) but I am not the most experienced either. Here's my story/question:
I test-rode a lovely 20 year old mare who was quiet as can be - there were MANY things on the trail she could have spooked at but didn't, including a deer not 6 feet away from us. Now I know that diet can alter behavior, but I'm being told by someone who used to ride that as soon as she gets grain, she's going to become high-spirited. She does not currently get grain, and where I am keeping her the owner feeds them just enough grain to lure them into their stalls when they need to be in. I've brought this up with the owner, but he doesn't think it's going to be an issue. I was just wondering if I could get some other opinions because I am a natural born worrier and would just like some other thoughts on this.
Thank you very much!