Zeb with his working clothes!
I have heard this more then once in my time with horses. You can see that horses ribs. Don't you think they should feed him more? Funny thing is, when they see some buff guy or gal I never hear them say, I can see their ribs, don't you think those folks should eat more?
It's true that there are folks, for whatever reason, have horses that they are neglecting and they could sure use more food. But, there is a big difference between fit and fat. Most horses that come to me for training are heavy, fat if you will, and their owners seem to be happy about that. However if they had a child that looked the way their horses looked, they would call the little guy fat, not politicly correct but fat none the less.
I have had folks come to pick up their horse after 90 days of training and comment on how much weight their horses have lost. I have to explain to them that their horse has his working clothes on, something the owner has never seen. And, once the owner get the horse home they will probably never see their horse like that again.
How do I know if my horse is getting enough to eat? Good question! The "experts" say a horse needs 2 percent of his body weight to make sure he is getting enough to eat. So that's easy to figure. However, if your horse is working everyday, I mean working. That means he is doing more then taking you for an hour or two trail ride once a week. He may need more. When I say more I mean more hay, not grain or sweet feed. Horses were not designed to assimilate grain. It causes them a lot of problems down the road. Now the makers of feed, like grain, are going to tell you different cause they have something to sell you. But, if you ask equine nutritional expert, they are going to tell you that folks who feed grain are killing their horses with kindness.
Having said all of this, you can feed your horse whatever you want. It's your horse, just like it's your child. But remember, there is a big difference between a horse being Fat and Fit.
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