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post #701 of 1323 Old 11-10-2015, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Dont worry I am being mindfulof other horses. I will never be too hard on them.
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Correct. That is my opinion.

In a boarding situation versus your own place with just your horses, I don't want the herd to pay me any attention. All I want is mine. I don't look at, touch, talk to any other horse our in the herd.
Ok I will remember that thanks. :)
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Im feeling a bit nervous.When I got to the barn tonight I was nervous when I saw the BO and trainer just outside talking.

I once again prepped and soaked my mares cubes before heading there (gave her 15 cubes). So they saw me carry the bucket again into the barn.

When I brought her into the barn, I fed her and the trainer was inside getting another horse ready for her lesson and asked what im feeding her. I said what it was, hay cubes cause in the winters i want to giver her minerals because it gets depleted in the hay and she wont take in loose minerals so i give her the cubes so i can mix in the minerals. She said ok but I could tell she was wondering why im feeding her cubes cause i know she thinks she doesnt need it. The whole principle of her already getting fed hay from the BO, why does she need more?

And when Im done, I always clean the bucket with the outdoor hose. The BO saw me and knows im feeding her something from the bucket.

Im just hoping they dont question why im feeding her cubes.

Can anyone tell me, what benefit would a horse get from eating these cubes when they already get enough hay from the BO? Whats the main purpose and reasoning behind these cubes? Dont most people feed them when they dont have access to regular hay flakes?
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You need to relax a bit. It is your horse, feed ger whatever you want
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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.
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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.

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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.

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You are going to give yourself high blood pressure and ulcers. As long as you are not over feeding rich feed that could cause gastric problems, who cares what they think? Are you afraid you are going to get kicked out of the barn or something?

By the way, a general supplement added to a handful of feed should give all the minerals and vitamins she needs. If anything, they are probably wondering why you are making so much work for yourself.
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You are going to give yourself high blood pressure and ulcers. As long as you are not over feeding rich feed that could cause gastric problems, who cares what they think? Are you afraid you are going to get kicked out of the barn or something?

By the way, a general supplement added to a handful of feed should give all the minerals and vitamins she needs. If anything, they are probably wondering why you are making so much work for yourself.
When you say feed do you mean grain? Or cubes? Is cubes considered as "feed"?

If so, then I will answer. The cubes is 50% timothy grass and 50% alfalfa. Thats the best I was able to find (as the lowest % of alfalfa), other than straight alfalfa.

The hay my mare is on right now has about 10-20% alfalfa in it so its not a big deal for her in terms of gaining weight.

What do you mean when you say general supplment? Pills or loose minerals like what I have for her right now (which is Hoffman loose minerals). I havent added them to her cubes just yet, I want to gradually do it. Give her a couple days of eating the cubes alone to get used to it first.

Today she licked up the bucket dry, it seems she really likes it and that 15 cubes is a good enough amount for her.
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Also another excellent day with my mare! No nipping, she once again willingly lead away from me with no problems (Im still giving her over the top praise for this, each time she does it), and she was just very good! Remember, Im still only leading her AWAY from me and never into me, so these have been true tests for her.

Are we onto something here? Has she finally caught on as to what ive been asking of her over the past few weeks when i want her to yield her forequarters away from me and willingly? Or is this a positive effect from being in a herd for the past 6 days now?

2 straight days in a row of her not speeding up while leading, and not trying to block me from leading to her side and her yielding her foreqaurters, head and shoulder away from me willingly! Im so proud of her!!!!

Not trying to get too excited or look too far ahead but Im just about to cry in relief, cause this single handedly has been eating me up inside for the past month.
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Also another excellent day with my mare! No nipping, she once again willingly lead away from me with no problems (Im still giving her over the top praise for this, each time she does it), and she was just very good! Remember, Im still only leading her AWAY from me and never into me, so these have been true tests for her.

Are we onto something here? Has she finally caught on as to what ive been asking of her over the past few weeks when i want her to yield her forequarters away from me and willingly? Or is this a positive effect from being in a herd for the past 6 days now?

2 straight days in a row of her not speeding up while leading, and not trying to block me from leading to her side and her yielding her foreqaurters, head and shoulder away from me willingly! Im so proud of her!!!!


Not trying to get too excited or look too far ahead but Im just about to cry in relief, cause this single handedly has been eating me up inside for the past month.
Now you are getting the idea....what it FEELS like to be the leader. Now, you BE SURE to EXPECT this behavior (in this exercise and ALL the exercises you EVER do with a horse), and you will get it.

IMO, it is time to quit with the gushing, and move on....

Yay!!
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