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post #1 of 6 Old 01-09-2013, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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A senior needing weight?

I'm looking for the best route to feed our 20 year old Arabian mare, she's really gotten thin. She belongs to my dad but he just throws beet pulp at all his horses very inconsistently (he says every other day but it's usually really 2-3 times a week if he catches me bringing my girls feed) and feeds them much less hay than I think he should. I have beet pulp, alfalfa cubes, hay x clover mix, and enrich 32. I'm tempted to seperate her from the group a bit but not sure how to go about it yet. What do you think??
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-10-2013, 01:03 AM
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soundz to me like it may just be a senior needi g adequate feeding! yes, i'd be separating her if you can't afford free choice hay for all the poor underfed horses! I'd start with that, and an appropriate nutritional supp & see how she goes b. If she dooesnt pick up on that, i'd also look at teeth - should be done yearly on av, worming & treating for ulcers that may be present because of deficient feed.
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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!

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I second the hay and keeping up on teeth. Aside from regular floating, they can get cavities as well. There are a lot of senior feeds available. My favorite is Triple Crown Senior. It has done wonders for my 18 year old Arab mare. I am not keen on the price at $22.00 a 50 lb bag but it is what it is, glad I only have one senior horse at this time.

Walmart sells horse feed? I don't shop there but I never would have guessed it!

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Where in Minnesota are you? With the weather we have been having blanketing her would probably be a good idea. Around here the cheapest feed that would help put weight on would be Safechoice original around $18 a bag. About 8-9 pounds per day split into at least two feedings. Enrich 32 will do absolutely nothing for weight and if you get a senior or complete feed it is not needed.

If your dad doesn't want to take care of her weight you might want to consider taking over her feeding.
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I second the hay and keeping up on teeth. Aside from regular floating, they can get cavities as well. There are a lot of senior feeds available. My favorite is Triple Crown Senior. It has done wonders for my 18 year old Arab mare. I am not keen on the price at $22.00 a 50 lb bag but it is what it is, glad I only have one senior horse at this time.

Walmart sells horse feed? I don't shop there but I never would have guessed it!
Yeah, it depends on the store location, I guess. I have been in stores that only have a small "sampling" of horse/pig/cow feed - but most that are in rural areas have quite a bit. The senior is the only feed I have bought from there, and it was (I no longer buy it) just slightly less if not the same price per pound as the purina. My senior thought the taste was superior, anyway. :) I very much dislike walmart, but I would go there just for that stuff when he was still with me.

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