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    11-30-2011, 02:19 AM
Senior Horse?

I had the vet out last night and after all was said and done I asked him if he could recommend a good diet. He said "Well with these senior horses I really recommend Equine Senior blah blah whatever"

My mare is 12.

Since when is 12 considered senior?

Or am I just out of the loop?
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    11-30-2011, 02:23 AM
Maybe he got another horses age mixed in his head? Lol, I havnt had a vet refer to my 11 yr old mare as senior, or anyone refer to any horse under 20 as senior lol
    11-30-2011, 02:52 AM
No no, he had just asked me how old she was.

The vet himself looked to be all of about 20 years old. So I was thinking maybe its some new fangled teaching that 12 is senior.
    11-30-2011, 06:41 PM
Green Broke
Generally speaking horses age 3:1 so if she's 12 horse years, that makes her about 36 in people years.

That's about the age of the vet since it takes at least six years to get thru vet school and then do an internship. He needs a refresher course regarding who's old and who isn't

She is far from senior but sometimes younger horses do need senior feed if they have some sort of issues.

If your mare is not over weight but a fairly easy keeper and is not being worked hard (as in several days to every day of the week for an hour or more), she would probably do well on nothing more than a ration balancer and plain old grass hay.

If she's in foal, that's a different story and I digress to the experienced folks that are currently caring for mares in foal.

My four geldings range from 16 to 25+ years. Their diet is basically all pasture & hay with a good vit/min/pre-probiotic, rice bran and Omega-3 Horseshine.

Two have metabolic issues so they get herbs and minerals to keep their insulin under control
    11-30-2011, 11:29 PM
To put it in perspective, I went to a seminar from a vet on the Senior Horse at Equine Affaire last month, and they said that "senior" status has been creeping up for a good while thanks to preventive medicine and good feed, and the consensus was that "senior" starts around 25. Could be younger if a horse has a lot of wear and tear or bad nutrition, but no way does it start at 12. That's not even really middle age. More like "prime".
    11-30-2011, 11:35 PM
I agree....around here the general consensus is that 12 is "prime"....senior is approaching, at or over 20.

3:1 ratio, huh? That means Epona is 27 and our bad boy OTTB Beau is....OMG, he's 18!!!!!

Well, that explains alot!
    12-01-2011, 12:20 AM
Green Broke
Maybe the vet was thinking dog years. 12 would be senior for a dog. Maybe he doesn't realize horses live till 30!
    12-01-2011, 08:19 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Beauseant    
I agree....around here the general consensus is that 12 is "prime"....senior is approaching, at or over 20.

3:1 ratio, huh? That means Epona is 27 and our bad boy OTTB Beau is....OMG, he's 18!!!!!

Well, that explains alot!
That was the ratio when I was growing up in the 60's, when we didn't know much.

There's been such big advances in horse care since then, your Beau may only be 14 or 15 - lol lol lol lol Do not leave the keys to the truck where he can grab them
    12-01-2011, 12:10 PM
walkinthewalk, that was seriously funny!

At least now I know why he ACTS like a teenager...because he is!!!!
    12-01-2011, 02:36 PM
I can't buy the 3:1 ratio.

We have two lesson horses in their 20's. One is 25 and the other 26. No way do either act like they are in their 70's.

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