okay, our vet says that Ghost is a little pudgie. He says she is almost what a mare who just had a baby should look like, but normally the foal's nursing will help that extra chubbiness go down. Ghost has no foal at her side, so nothing will help that fat come off. He says to give her plenty of excercise and to put her on a diet of just hay. The owner of the house where Ghost lives says her friends who own Thoroughbred racers think she should get a bunch of carrots every day. I think we should do what the vets says, but every time we go to see Ghost, the house owner begins harping away about how she never gets any treats, and how everybody from the race track thinks she needs carrots in her diet. Keep in mind none of them have ANY experience with minis.
One mini owner at the barn where i board my big horse doesn't feed her mini extra carrots. She says that minis have very sensitive stomachs because of their size. Her horse has coliced several times because people think he is cute and feed him too many treats. SOOOooooo, we have vet and mini owners who say no carrots, and person who knows nothing about minis saying she will give Ghost an extra handful of carrots every meal. I am hoping some of you can settle this.
This lady has given suff to Ghost that I wouldn't dream of letting her eat. She says "oh, i gave my thoroughbred a [insert something you shouldn't feed a horse here] every day for his whole life!" well, that may not effect such a big horse, but he didn't have a tiny sensitive stomach. One time, she fed Ghost a banana every day for a week and it made her very sick! we finally found out about that, and told her to stop. Of course, she came at us with the usual "i fed my thoroughbred..."
Sometimes i think she believes she owns the horse. taking her for walks, which really bugs me, as i have trouble even letting my mom or my best friends walk her. ggrrgg i am getting
so I am sort of asking if i should feed her carrots, sort of hoping you will say no so that i can prove that minis are not the same as thoroughbreds, and sort of looking for advice on how to get her to stop owning my horse.
thanx for letting me vent.
Edited by love_casper, 04 June 2006 - 03:46 AM.