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    05-06-2009, 03:45 PM
Which Senior Feed is Best?

Ok. I have had animal concrol out here twice now on complaints that my horses are too skinny. The officer said they need to go on some grain. Jasper and delilah are older, 17 and 19. What seinior feed is the best? I am going to put corn oil in the feed and noni juice too. Help!!!!!!!
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    05-06-2009, 03:47 PM
PeggySue should be able to help you.

Have you had their teeth checked and are they on a regular worming schedule?
What are they getting fed currently?

I like Triple Crown.
    05-06-2009, 03:51 PM
They are just on hay. 2-4 flakes 2x a day
    05-06-2009, 03:55 PM
Free choice grass hay and beet pulp.
If you want to mix in a mineral supplement with the beet pulp, then go ahead. Try to stay away from these really high protein starchy manufactured senior feeds and very sugary feeds. You can also feed rice bran (NOT wheat bran!) as it is also a good weight builder. Soy bean hull based products are also excellent weight builders.
Also remember to make any changes in feed gradually so that horse's system doesn't get shocked, and offer free choice water all the time.

Good luck!
    05-06-2009, 03:58 PM
Jaspers wont eat beet pulp. I had him on either dumor or the other tsc senior feed for the winter. I took them off so they wouldnt get hot with the grass too
    05-06-2009, 04:02 PM
A senior horse, in my experience, is going to need a bit more than just feedings of hay. Like anabel suggested, free choice hay would be a great option to have. A lot of the senior feeds are a bit easier to digest, but do make sure to check the content to make sure it is not all filler and sugar. A complete feed may be a good option. An older horse is going to need more calories and easy to digest fiber.
Also check for fat content.
    05-06-2009, 04:02 PM
Originally Posted by Erin_And_Jasper    
jaspers wont eat beet pulp. I had him on either dumor or the other tsc senior feed for the winter. I took them off so they wouldnt get hot with the grass too
Then you can try the rice bran, or a soy-bean hull based product.
I also just re-read your first post and I wouldn't feed the oil as well.

If you are very concerned, then talk to an equine nutritionist about what to get your horses on.
    05-06-2009, 04:13 PM
The officer said oil was good. Why not feed them oil?
    05-06-2009, 04:28 PM
Originally Posted by Erin_And_Jasper    
the officer said oil was good. Why not feed them oil?
You need to put the oil on something - not just the hay. I have found oil can be a cheap fix but if the horse doesn't eat the oil, it is no help. I prefer Nutrena Senior or Empower with Safe Choice.

Did I miss your answer on the dental work and worming?

How are the coats - shaggy or good?

Cresty necks?

There may be more going on than just the feed.
    05-06-2009, 04:30 PM
If you can't offer free choice hay, try giving them a lunchtime feeding also

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