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    11-28-2012, 03:38 PM
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What does you feeding/exceed use program look like for your old horse?

I have a 27 year old Arabian/pony. She was a barrel racer her whole live and is now happily retired to pasture. She is still ridable and every once in a while we'll throw a kid on her and go for a short ride. I have noticed this year she has lost a little muscle and weight. She never needed grain before buy we are going to get her on a feed program. What is the best in your opinion? Also do you think she should be excercised?
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    11-28-2012, 04:05 PM
Id put her on a senior feed like triple crown senior or what ever brand is available were you live. Beet pulp with no molasses or even hay cubes soaked should also soak the beet pulp. If she's sound exercise sure wont hurt her. Have you had her teeth floated recently? Is she up to date on worming? If her teeth are bad that could cause weight loss.
    11-28-2012, 06:17 PM
Yep! Teeth are updated and she gets wormed regularly! She hasn't like lost a considerable amount of weight an he isn't skinny I just noticed she wasn't in the shape she usually is. She is a super calm horse and one where she acts like she has no energy but if you ask her to do anything she does it 500%!! Are there any senior supplements you would put her on? We were looking into the smartpaks. Haven't used them before but have always heard great things!
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    11-28-2012, 07:11 PM
As far as supplaments I don't know the only thing I have my 26 year old mare on is MSM. I make sure she's got plenty of hay to eat. And of course her teeth are floated regular like every year.I don't do grain of any kind my gal is on the fat side right now. I do blanket her though but iam in minnesota so can get quite cold. I know my mare sure doesnt look like she did 15 years ago. Age can take its toll on them as long as she's happy healthy and still has teeth to eat. Iv heard good things about smart pack never have used them but worth a try.
    11-29-2012, 07:42 AM
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Huh! My Arab is 26-1/2, I wonder if they're related

Triple Crown Senior worked really well for my fella but I also added in some equine rice bran and 1/2 measuring cup of straight alfalfa pellets.

"worked" being the operative because I took him off the TC Senior. I have four horses and four sets of health issues. At this moment they all eat different and I am trying to put an end to that - especially when I have to drive 38 miles to buy some of their "stuff"

1. The alfalfa pellets give my Arab the protein and amino acids he needs for muscle maintenance. You will know if you're feeding too much alfalfa if her urine develops a very strong ammonia odor. I buy Standlees at Tractor Supply.

2. If you can get Triple Crown Senior, it is a great feed. It is ok to add rice bran.

My Arab has a great shine to his coat; I hate having to take him off of it but he's going on the same diet my 25 yo TWH with Equine Metabolic Syndrome is on: Rice Bran and a Liquid Vitamin.

They are both hard keepers, the TWH now colics at the mere mention of the word, so the less I feed him and still get his nutrients in him, the better off he is.

2.1 Equine Rice Bran is 22% fat and provides a cool energy to the horse.

2.2 Beet pulp pellets should work if you don't want to feed rice bran.

Tractor Supply carries both.

3. I also feed Omega-3 Horseshine. My Arab is only 13.3H so he gets 3/4 cup daily, in two feedings.

If you've never blanketed your Arab, you may have to start, if she's outside on the really cold blustery days. A waterproof, winter-lined blanket will help her conserve calories

Hope this gives you some more ideas. There are a lot options out there but I am learning that "less is more" with the older crowd

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