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post #1 of 5 Old 01-09-2013, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Supplements for older horses...

There are alot of supplements on the market. Problem is there are alot that claim to work that don't. My horse is 21 and is looking a little thinner than normal. I am going to worm him and wanted to add a supplement. Anyone have good things to say about supplements? Thank you!
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-09-2013, 11:49 AM
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Supplement for what? And you consulted with the vet about the correct dewormer right?

If he needs weight then he doesn't need a supplement but more food. What is he currently being fed?
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-09-2013, 11:57 AM
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I'd get a fecal analysis done so you know what product would be best. The vet can help there.
How are his teeth?
What do you feed? There are good senior pelleted feeds available for these older guys.

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You need to provide him with hay 24/7. Since he's a senior horse I will suggest starting him on Senior Feed at the rate of 2lbs twice daily. You can graduate it to 5 lbs per feeding but I doubt he'll need that much. Even at 2lbs 2x daily you will see an improvement in his coat in about 30 days. If you feed pellets use as large as surface as you can to scatter them, the larger the better then he has to nibble them rather than bolt them down. The faster in, the faster out. You could also try a couple of small mesh hay nets stuffed as hard as you can. This will slow him down and he will better digest the nutrients. Have his teeth been checked within the past year? Sharp points can cause weight loss. Does he have plenty of salt, including loose salt as horse eat more loose salt than what they get off a lick.
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Agreed, you need to know what you're trying to accomplish with a supplement before being able to pick out one that will work well for your horse. If all you're trying to do is put on weight, a supplement is likely not the answer; you should look at what your horse is being fed now and determine if you need to change feeds, increase the amount of the same feed, or add something else in to the existing feed (like beet pulp or rice bran)
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