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    08-26-2009, 10:05 AM
feeding a later teenage horse

With the exception of my moms old mare (lived till she was 36), I have never really had older horses (usually sold by the time they reached 10 or so). My mare Chloe is going to be 16 next year and I was wondering what you would recommend for a feeding program for maintaining.

Chloe is currently out in the pasture during the day and at night the horses are brought up into the yard where they get free choice grass hay (with a little alfalfa). She is also fed some straight oats. Chloe has no sign of any joint issues and has no problem keeping weight on. She is currently on a full lease situation (she is kept at their place) so I would like to keep something simple but yet effective. She is rode almost everyday and is being used for mostly pleasure but the girl also will game and trail ride with her.

I attached a couple pictures of her from mid July so get an idea of her current body condition.

Thanks all for your help:)
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    08-26-2009, 12:55 PM
Gosh, she gorgeous. She looks to be an easy keeper. 16 isn't that old, and by looks of her I would just keep doing what your doing. Don't try to fix what ain't broke...

There was a good article in this months Equus on what older horse's need to keep them healthy, although they were referring to horses 20+ years old.
    08-26-2009, 01:06 PM
I agree just keep doing what works for now. If you're worried keep a closer eye on her so that you can detect changes right away and react appropriately. I was just reading an article (maybe on The Horse?) about "senior" horses and they were saying don't change the horse's diet until the horse needs it because some horses become senior at a different point.

For example, I have a 29 yrs old mare. She gets nothing different then my 8 yr old gelding and does wonderful on grass hay & a ration balancer. If I had her on senior feed she would balloon out and I would run into all kinds of health problems. However, her brother (he was put down last fall when he was 27) needed to have his diet changed when he was around 20 yrs old because we couldn't keep his weight on and it was changed again when he was about 24-25.
    08-26-2009, 03:01 PM
I agree that 16 is not old at all (our lead mare is 15), and wouldn't change anything if she is healthly.
    08-26-2009, 03:57 PM
Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
"senior" horses and they were saying don't change the horse's diet until the horse needs it because some horses become senior at a different point.

Just what I was going to say. I started my 23 year old on senior this year. We have a 16 year old brood mare on it because she puts so much into the foal, she doesn't take care of herself!
    08-26-2009, 06:44 PM
I agree. . . She looks great. I would not worry about doing a change at this point.
    08-27-2009, 07:16 AM
Thanks everyone.... I just wasn't sure if there was anything I should be feeding her now to help ensure that she is going to be going strong into her 20's. I was just concerned because Chloe has been shown since she was 4 and I have seen some show horses sadly start to break down when they hit about this age-

Chloe has been a wonderful horse for the 11 years that I have had her... She will be leased out again for atleast another year so I will just keep an eye out for any changes in her body condition and overall health.

Thanks Again
    08-27-2009, 07:54 AM
Sorry if this is off-topic, but I might be getting a 22yo. According to the lady, he's in an excellant condition and is looked after and rugged and groomed everyday.
Do you think 22 is too old? My instructor said, I could get another 10 years out of him?
    08-27-2009, 08:31 AM
Its not too old. My 29 yr old would still be ridden on a regular basis if she hadn't fell earlier this year and messed up her leg pretty badly. Just make sure you get a pre-purchase exam and that the vet doing it knows how old she is so that they can look for problems that tend to effect older horses. I know of several people that have horses in their late 20s & early 30s that are still ridden regularly. A lot of it depends on how well they are taken care of at a younger age.

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