Feeding the senior horse

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Feeding the senior horse

This is a discussion on Feeding the senior horse within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category

    Like Tree1Likes
    • 1 Post By Oliveren15

    LinkBack Thread Tools
        10-13-2013, 01:09 PM
    Feeding the senior horse

    I'm wondering if anyone has some practical advice for feeding my 32 year old Standardbred mare? She has never been a fat girl, but now it is difficult to keep her weight up. Right now she is out 24/7, but in the winter she comes in at night. She gets a senior feed plus performance horse feed (vet recommended this for the fat content) twice a day plus supplements. When the pasture is not optimal, there are round bales set out for the horses. She is out with 3 other mares and the little herd is peaceful. Her vet care is up to date, including teeth. What can I give her so the winter is not so hard for her?
    P.s. She is fully retired and is everyone's darling at the barn.
    Sponsored Links
        10-13-2013, 01:13 PM
    Soaked beet pulp is amazing for weight, and most horses will eat it right up.
    Falcor74 likes this.
        10-13-2013, 01:21 PM
    Green Broke
    I like rice bran and corn oil
        10-13-2013, 01:23 PM
    Another vote for beet pulp here. It's cheap and most horses seem to love it. And it makes me feel good giving them something warm on a cold day.
        10-13-2013, 04:38 PM
    Teen Forum Moderator
    What is her tooth condition? Beet pulp is great but only if the horse can still chew well, because it is still rather chewy even after being soaked. I've personally had better success with rice bran (it gave my very ribby yearling that last bit of 'umph' to cover her ribs and keep them covered) but rice bran IS more expensive.
        10-13-2013, 06:25 PM
    She has had 4 teeth pulled at the back, but the vet says she still has adequate chewing surfaces.
        10-14-2013, 04:42 AM
    I had a 20+ Arabian mare that was very hard to keep weight on in the winter. What I finally found to work for her was twice daily feeding of grain (I use Nutrena SafeChoice), Smartpak's SmartGain supplement, and coconut oil (high in fat but also has so many other good attributes). This combo did wonders for her and I've used it on my 18yr old QH gelding when he dropped and had good results from it.
        10-14-2013, 01:17 PM
    In addition to beet pulp and upping her pelleted feed a little, I'd try some alfalfa cubes when she is in her stall over night. Even if her teeth are ok, alfalfa cubes are easier to chew and therefor easier to digest. Because the hay is already broken up into bits, she doesn't have to work as hard to get the nutrients out. Alfalfa is also a good addition to a horses diet for maintenance as it is high in protein.
        10-14-2013, 08:08 PM
    Thanks everyone. I think I will try the rice bran and alfalfa cubes.

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:


    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    Triple Crown Senior Vs Nutrena Life Design Senior Vs Purina Ultium Blondehorselover Horse Nutrition 11 02-13-2012 05:32 PM
    Feeding for a senior arabian BarrelracingArabian Horse Nutrition 12 09-23-2011 01:00 AM
    Previously founded, Senior horse feeding and nutrition... Cocoa Horse Health 8 08-14-2011 07:11 PM
    Feeding the senior horse Farleyv Horse Nutrition 14 07-14-2011 08:08 AM
    Nutrena Life Design Senior Horse Feed better then purina senior? Rachel1786 Horse Health 29 02-14-2011 06:19 PM

    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:43 PM.

    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0