Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
Definitely separate her. Seniors tend to eat a bit slower, and need "unfettered" dining to ensure they get all their food and are not stressed by youngster "competition".
I am not sure what you mean by, "I'm tempted to seperate her from the group a bit but not sure how to go about it yet." You mean separating her or feeding her?
Anyway, as horses get older their ability to absorb nutrients and calories declines a bit - each horse is unique as to "when and to what degree" this occurs - but it will happen at some point. By and large - seniors need a diet tailored for them. Alfalfa is a good hay for them. And a well formulated senior feed really helps them get the most benefit from their food.
I know one feed that put and kept weight on my senior was the senior feed walmart sells in 40# bags...I think it is manna pro, I can't remember. I grabbed a bag of it once to "tie me over" till I could get to the feed store. He loved it...he ate the others, but not near as enthusiastically. So, I continued getting it, and he gained weight!
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.