You need to relax a bit. It is your horse, feed ger whatever you want
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I know, just nervous thats all.
It's your horse. You own the horse, not your BO or trainer. Just because they chose not to feed XYZ to their horses, doesn't mean you or any other boarder needs to feed exactly what they feed. I really doubt they care all that much.
True but the BO and trainer did me a favour a couple months ago when the BO came up to me and asked me in a very serious tone of voice (where I could clearly tell he was a bit upset) "how much grain are you feeding her?!" Even though the day after, literally right when he saw me, he apologized if he came across as a jerk and I said it was fine, but he clearly questioned me on the grain because he was concerned and he taught me a valuable lesson.
Taking my mare off grain since then has really benefited her. She hasnt gained anymore weight and looks great.
But having her on hay cubes IMO shouldnt be an issue as for her gaining weight (like she did with the grain), 15 cubes a day (and she wont be getting it everyday, just when I come see her) shouldnt be enough of a dose for her to gain weight IMO.
I think they probably just see the cubes as pointless since its hay and she already gets hay from teh BO. I dont want them to feel insulted possibly thinking that I feel they arent feeding my mare enough. But im using the cubes as a way to distribute those minerals to her.
There are some people who feel that horses only need hay and water to live and to be healthy. No need for grain, no need for loose minerals, no need for supplements unless that horse is a senior horse or one who needs it. My BO and trainer are two of those people.