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post #11 of 14 Old 07-11-2010, 12:40 PM
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We had our arab until he was 38 and he didn't have a tooth left in his mouth. He came to us at 35, underweight but still very 'arab'. Once we put the weight back on with a good senior feed, 24/7 turn out and soaked alfalfa cubes instead of hay, my sister actually did a few 4-H shows with him. Rusty was a good old boy who ended up passing away from colic. If he isn't in any pain and is still up for a ride, why not ride? Keep up the good work! The old ones are the best ones anyways!
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post #12 of 14 Old 07-11-2010, 12:45 PM
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senior feed is what we use on our old horse. we started last year when she started struggling to keep weight on and it helped so much.

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post #13 of 14 Old 07-11-2010, 02:31 PM
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My vet believes if you don't use it, you loose it. In other words, he believes in keeping them active and using them so their muscles and condition don't deteriorate.

That said, I have a 30 yr old that I don't ride anymore, but that's because he never has a sound day. But if your guy is basically sound and feels good being ridden, I don't see why going out for an easy ride now and then would hurt him. It should be good for him, as long as you keep in mind he is an old boy and go easy with him.

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post #14 of 14 Old 07-12-2010, 09:21 AM
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My 31 yr old blind appy likes it when the grandkids ride him now and then. Since he can't see he doesn't care if it's around in his turnout, he just loves to have a purpose to his moving around. So ride him if he likes it, doesn't sound like you are overdoing anything..

I currently feed mine 12# daily(6# twice a day) of Total Equine. I highly recommend it as a total feed for any horse who cannot hold weight or eat other fiber. I also feed a bit of shredded Beet Pulp. If your horse can eat/digest other fiber foods(hay or grass etc) then you start with 2# twice daily and up it from there to what works. Cheno ribs still show, but he walks a lot so works some off. He also gets a flake of grass hay(chopped into 4" bits). He munches on it some...

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