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    06-18-2009, 05:07 PM
Green Broke
I know a pony that is 44 this year. He has no teeth and he does well on super soaked Amplify along with his regular senior feed. Amplify helps hard keepers keep weight on while also helping their hooves and coat. I would definitely try it on this guy.
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    06-19-2009, 12:12 PM
Increased fat intake is a better choice for these old guys to add extra calories than alfalfa. It is much easier to digest and provides twice the digestible energy as protein. Vegetable oil is an easy way to add fat to the diet. 1-2 cups a day adds considerablely to the "calorie" content of the diet.
    06-20-2009, 04:39 PM
Green Broke
Corn oil has shown to cause increased inflammation in arthritic horses and it can decrease nutrient absorption in the gut.

A better way to add fat would be to use stabilized rice bran or milled flax. Both are high in fat content and are more easily digested. Quite a few feeds are now using rice bran to increase the fat content, instead of soybean or corn oil.
    06-25-2009, 11:52 AM
This is just for you Smrobs :)

This is Allemande (Al). I told you he was skin and bones, :)
    06-25-2009, 12:17 PM
Super Moderator
Isnt he cute! He is skin and bones though isn't he...???
    06-25-2009, 12:19 PM
Oh my!
    06-25-2009, 12:31 PM
Oh, poor old guy. His face is just adorable. I would probably be skin and bones too if I was as old as him. Isn't 1 year in human years equal to like 3 in horse years?

Oh, wait. Here we go. According to this chart, he the equivalent of a human that is over 100. O.O Wow.
    06-25-2009, 12:32 PM
Haha, that's why I try to convince him eating is fun. We always explain to new boarders that he super old and gets fed three times a day so they don't think he's being abused.

arab, mush, old horse, weight gain

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