it’s all in the grass…

Went out to check on Big Guy at his retirement home and to give him his annual vaccs (which went without a hitch). Weight wise he looks excellent! I also dropped off a 50# bag of Triple Crown Senior only to find his barrel still 2/3rds full when I was expecting it to be about half or less.

When we first moved him out there they were feeding him the same amount that he was getting fed at FR. But for some mysterious reason, my feed barrel wasn’t going down as quickly as it did at FR. I’m not sure what was up with that – either they were feeding more at FR or they are feeding less at the retirement pasture then the 2 scoops I showed them to feed. I don’t feel that FR would have stolen the feed or used it for other purposes or misfed. So it is a just a mystery at this point as to what was going on.

Now he’s on 10 acres of grass and getting fed one scoop a day and not only maintaining but gaining weight. The only difference is the grass access and it’s making all the difference in his level of weight, especially for a senior.

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2 Responses to it’s all in the grass…

  1. I am glad to hear that this is going well. You must be relieved.

    It may be that, at the former barn, someone else was removing feed. I’ve seen other owners filch feed without the barn manager knowing.

    • horseideology says:

      Yes, I’ve seen it happen many times. Where my feed was kept was a separate area next to another pasture boarder who was rarely on site.

      I would hate to think that FR was using my feed to feed their own horses, but since they had a senior pastured right across where my feed was kept that has crossed my mind.

      Since I did not leave on the best of terms, I do not want it thought that I know this is what was happening. All I know is that I’ve kept records of my feed bill and it drastically went down when I left FR even though BG was being fed the same amount. The only change was the addition of grass and 2 months later his grain ration was halved.

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