People with senior horses - What do you feed and why?

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    10-26-2011, 02:59 PM
People with senior horses - What do you feed and why?

I realize asking this question is probably akin to asking a room full of economists what the economy is doing right now (meaning that I'm probably going to get a bunch of different answers) but I'm going to ask it anyway.

Those of you who have senior horses, what do you feed besides hay and/or pasture? Why did you choose that product?
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    10-26-2011, 03:05 PM
Our 25-26 yr old gelding gets a mash made from 3 lbs Purina Equine Senior, with an "Ultimate Joint" supplement added, and a tbsp of Spirulina, when I have it. He also gets about 1/2 flake (5 lbs) of Alfalfa hay daily and free access to Bermuda hay. I like the Purina Equine Senior because it is designed for making a mash, as well as being complete nutrition for a horse who can no longer chew grass/hay. Chief is not that far, but he doesn't chew up the hay well enough to get the full benefit of it. Because that is what it is designed for, the grain becomes a mash within just a few minutes of having hot water added, and I don't have to worry about other supplements.
He is fed according to our vet's direction. (Except the free-fed bermuda part. She had given us a quantity to give him every day, I prefer to leave him with free access to it. Esp since there is no longer really any green grass in the pasture for him.). Vet did not specifically recommend the joint supplement but when I asked about it, she said it would probably be a good idea. Right now, I am just using the one available at our feed store.
    10-26-2011, 03:07 PM
Unless the horse is having weight or digestive issues, we stay with the SafeChoice. We'll add senior and or Empower to gain or maintain if the need is there.

For seniors that have chronic weight issues, our vet did recommend a daily wormer and a blanket in colder weather. Less fat/calories into keeping warm and no purge cycle for parasites.
    10-26-2011, 03:34 PM
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First off, I blanket my mare during the winter so that she has to use fewer of her calories keeping herself warm, like mls said.

Other than hay, I feed 1 pound of beet pulp (during the winter, she doesn't get BP in the summer) and one pound of Enrich 32 (a ration balancer, she gets that year round).
I give her beet pulp because it stretches her hay out (extra roughage and all) and I feel like she looks better on it.
I feed the Enrich 32 because she is a generally easy keeper and it helps make sure she's getting all the right nutrients from her food. I've also found that it helps her be less "hot", which is great.

She also likes her "extras" much more than she likes hay so another reason I feed the beet pulp/Enrich 32 is that I like to give her a little extra happiness everyday. Haha
    10-26-2011, 03:39 PM
I feed Purina Wellsolve L/S and it doesn't usually get cold enough to warrant a blanket, even though he has one!
    10-26-2011, 08:52 PM
MY friend has at 26-30 years old horse and becasue he is missing 6 of his back teeth he can not chew hay. So we feed him soaked alfalfa cubes (takes a while to eat) and purina senior feed it works great! And boy does he look good!
    10-26-2011, 08:53 PM
Sorry for the double post but I forgot to add we also pour vegitable oil over the senior feed to help slow the digestion down
    10-26-2011, 08:56 PM
I have a ~36 year old gelding. He gets a mash of triple crown senior(he lost a ton of weight on Purina!) alfalfa pellets,soybean meal, canola oil, smart flex senior, animed weight up and anigest along with chopped hay since he has almost no molars and can't eat baled had anymore.
    10-26-2011, 09:00 PM
My horse is getting up there (19yrs) I currently have him on 24/7 turnout on nice quality pasture (no grain since it is so nice and he is fattening )

if in a stall or on limited pasture I would have him on free choice quality grass hay and possible TC lite ( it is a ration balancer except without all the protein...he would get enough from free choice grass hay ) or a multi vitamin to meet his dietary requirements. He holds his weight easily for now.

If he began having trouble holding his weight as he got older
. I would either add alfalfa cubes or beet pulp the the regime (lower NSC and will not spike blood sugar as grain would ..especially important in older horses)

If possible I would also test my hay to make sure I don't need to add or tweak anything. :)

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