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  • Is a 16 year old horse considered a senior horse

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    12-01-2011, 01:40 PM
  #11
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I had a fit when Pistol was 16 and the vet called him senior. I think it depends on the horse really. Pistol is 27 now. He's been on senior feed since 16-18 years old and with his digestive needs, he probably could have been switched even earlier on... just depends on the horse.
     
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    12-01-2011, 08:28 PM
  #12
Weanling
No way in this world is a 12 year old considered a SENIOR!!! O: But just because she isn't a senior, doesn't mean that she can't eat senior feed. Some young horses may benefit from senior feed. I wouldn't know. My horse is only 6 (:
     
    12-01-2011, 08:37 PM
  #13
Showing
My oldest will be 30 this year. I'm sure he'd be quite offended if I called him a senior. Most days he thinks he's about 3. Maybe it's a 1:10 ratio and they revert to young and ornery as they age
     
    12-01-2011, 08:38 PM
  #14
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Duren    
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?
My vet had me put my 8 year old mare on Senior feed. She needed to put on some pound when I first got her. When I asked my vet what to give her that wouldn't make her hot he told me feed her 5 pounds of Senior in the morning and at night. I think it's not that your horse is old but that Senior feed is well balanced.
     
    12-02-2011, 07:03 PM
  #15
Weanling
I don't dispute that the feed itself may be better for her, but it was him actually calling her a "senior horse" and an "older horse" that threw me off.
     
    12-02-2011, 08:55 PM
  #16
Weanling
I have a 16 year old mare and the person at the feed store recommended a senior feed IF she was having a hard time with the winter and IF her teeth were bad. She's in great shape for 16 and I don't consider her a senior at all. Personally, I think she looks closer to 10-12, but her papers say 1995 and they're correct.
     
    12-02-2011, 09:05 PM
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Originally Posted by walkinthewalk    
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.
As a graduate of vet school myself, I have to point out that we generally do four years of undergrad, then four years of vet school, just like human docs. :) Not six, at least not at any of the US vet schools. There are a few rock stars that get their undergrad done in under four years though. Internships are optional.

I agree with the second comment completely though- sr feeds are a safe way to get easy to digest forage into horses of any age, so they have plenty of non-senior uses. That said, I consider a 12 year old to be a full adult in their prime, no where near a senior citizen of the equine world!
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    12-02-2011, 09:15 PM
  #18
Weanling
Sharpie - do you do just equine medicine or companion animals as well? Just curious. I'm also in Texas and I've been in emergency small animal medicine for 9 years. Not a vet though!
     
    12-02-2011, 09:29 PM
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Sharpie - do you do just equine medicine or companion animals as well? Just curious. I'm also in Texas and I've been in emergency small animal medicine for 9 years. Not a vet though!
I spend most of my days working on cats and dogs, though I like exotics too. I will doctor my own horse, but no one else's because I don't have the equipment or supplies to do equine practice. Imagine how much a well stocked horse vet truck costs!

*general disclaimer* Yes, I am a vet. No, I don't know what's wrong with your animal. If you have concerns, maybe you should call your vet. ;)
     
    12-02-2011, 09:34 PM
  #20
Weanling
Its funny how people think that once you graduate vet school (or even just work in a practice) that you immediately acquire magical powers that allow you to tell them exactly whats wrong with their pet without ever laying hands on it.
     

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