Horses will eat however much they want. I recently switched hay and it seems this new hay had a lot more to it then my last hay. I give him half a biscuit on the ground and 1 biscuit in a haynet he usually eats almost all the haynet and all the hay on the ground.
What you did you get ?
What do you mean by biscuit?
Straw and hay are not the same thing. If you have an agricultural department in your area you could take in a sample out of the center of a bale and have it analyzed. If the condition of your mare is, nice coat and good hooves, she is very likely getting what she needs. What does your vet say about her condition?
Oh, all a boarder at the old barn told me was that straw is poor quality hay.
Well I dont think the BO would let me get his hay analyzed, he would be offended thinking Im doubting the quality of it. I know the hay he has is top grade as he has very high standards when it comes to hay. He will not settle for anything less.
The vet (the last time she came out) said her condition is really good, nothing wrong with her.
Hoofpic, there are two boarders at my barn who bring in rich, Timothy hay and feed all kinds of things to their horses because they don't trust the hay provided. They groom their horses more than I do, they hand graze them on green grass for an hour a day and yet my mare has a better coat and hooves and is far more calm than these other horses. The vet has tried to tell these boarders they are causing an imbalance in their horses nutrition, but they are convinced that they MUST feed this very rich diet and supplements or they are being neglectful. Did I mention that their horses are so "high" on feed these ladies can't even ride them?
Why cant the ladies ride them? Are the horses hot?
Do yourself a favor and listen to the knowledgeable people here of whom you have asked questions. Believe what they are telling you.
Ok, I will give the minerals a rest. If I need to, I can perhaps try to feed them loose to her in a bucket every once in a while but its obviously not doing be any good by mixing it in with her cubes.
Quit finding things to worry about. Every little worry you think about will transfer to your mare when you are working with her.
True. I need not to worry.
Having a horse is supposed to be fun and relaxing. So relax. Don't create problems where none exist.
Yes. Im not trying to create problems, if I was its 100% unintentional.