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This morning around 11 I woke up because my dog was barking (yes I slept ...
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    Unhappy REALLY...are my horses underweight??

    This morning around 11 I woke up because my dog was barking (yes I slept until 11, i had been working until 3 AM)...my neighbor was poking around in my barn with my horses. I waited until she left and went out to do morning chores.

    Of course she picked the ONE morning this week that I chose to sleep in, and it had been about two days since I had time to pick out the stalls and throw down more bedding, so there was a bucket's worth of frozen poopie in each stall. She basically caught me at the worst POSSIBLE time.

    While I was out there feeding and picking stalls like I do every Saturday morning, she came back to tell me how concerned she was about my horses, that it was 11 AM and they hadn't been fed, and that they were all so skinny, it just made her so sad, and why don't I feed them more? I was kind of appalled by this.

    I feed my horses each 15 lbs of hay a day, 2 lbs of alfalfa pellets, 1 lb of BOSS, and 1.5 lbs of Enrich 32.

    Yes, they all have fairly unappealing toplines but I think that's because they have not been worked since last October. I get to ride about 2x a month because of the weather, so of course they aren't going to be all muscular. You can feel their ribs but not see them. So as far as I can tell they are out of shape, but not particularly skinny. Her horses on the other hand have huge hay bellies and very cresty necks.

    So please. You be the judge. Here are some photos, all taken in the last month or two. Tell me if I'm a horrible horse mommy. I love my horses and want the best for them.

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    They all look fine, definitely on the chubby side of healthy Don't listen to her. Being fat is easily as bad for horses as being thin, sometimes much worse.
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    Good heavens no. Healthy looking hores to me.

    I would politly tell her to mind her own beezwax. You know best for your horses and if she doesn't like it then she can't get up early herself and come feed them if it makes her sleep better at night. Well, maybe leave that last part out. LOL

    I wouldn't worry. I am also sometimes slow on getting my horses their breakfast but they get it when I can get there. I have to feed my family first and get everyone out the door to their daily destinations....Your horses aren't starving by any means of the matter!
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    Thay are all terrible you should send them all to me especailly the grey he/she is pretty!!

    no they all look wonderfuly taken care of your doing just fine!! But you should still send me the grey lol
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    I'm def not sure how she got skinny out of them!! They look good, and def not skinny! don't pay any attention to her!

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    I forgot to ask though....what is she doing poking around in your barn without you being there. I would not be too thrilled to find someone, even a neighbor, poking around and snooping in my barn.
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    If that is skinny then I dont think I wanna see her horses. I think they all look great for being mid winter. but then my guys could stand to lose a few ponds themselves lmao
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    Quote Originally Posted by Horse_Addiction View Post
    I forgot to ask though....what is she doing poking around in your barn without you being there. I would not be too thrilled to find someone, even a neighbor, poking around and snooping in my barn.
    "I was walking past and they were neighing to me so I thought I'd stop in and pet them."

    Yeah I wasn't thrilled to see her out there...I think she has too little to worry about in her life so she makes up things like this to worry about. She's a sweet woman and has helped me out a lot with my horses so I just tell myself that she means well and wants what's best for us--she's not trying to be mean at all.

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    Well I guess that is a good excuse. I would just politely tell her you don't feel they are undernourished. You don't like your horses to get too fat due to it causes health issues...which it does. And....you took a survey and we all say you have healthy horsies!!
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    THey look terrible...skin and bones....
    You need to send them to me so I can fatten them up

    Seriously, they look gorgeous. They are a good winter weight and nice and fuzzy!

    Tell your neighbor to go sit on a tack!!!!

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