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post #1 of 5 Old 12-01-2010, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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When to start Senior feed

If your feeding senior feed, when did you start & why? I've got 2-15yr old geldings that seem to be doing fine on regular pellet feed.
I was at the feed store and the lady in front of me was buying senior feed, I didn't talk to her so I don't know what she was buying it for, but it got me to thinking. Is there an age you should start senior, or is it when they start dropping weight due to teeth or health.
Just was curious what others thought.
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-01-2010, 12:50 PM
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My horse was 18 before I started him on senior. I asked my vet and he said as long as his weight is good, and he isn't having any problems chewing not to switch him. The only reason I had to put him on senior was because, I put him in the pasture 24/7 and summer rolled around and they didn't put round bales out, and all he had to eat was clover, he dropped weight like crazy. So I brought him in and put him on senior.

I would talk to your vet, but I don't see why you should switch them if they aren't having problems.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-01-2010, 01:44 PM
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my horse is in his mid 30's and we just recently started him on senior because he lost all but 4 of his bottom molars and now needs his feed soaked, with the senior it only takes about 10 minutes to turn to mush, he was doing fine on regular feed until he started loosing teeth
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-01-2010, 01:52 PM
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Basically what the others said. Some horses need it at 18 others are fine for their entire life. The best thing to do is to keep an eye on his condition and his teeth. If he starts getting skinny or starts running out of teeth starting him on a senior feed could be beneficial.
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-01-2010, 05:58 PM
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We started Cocoa on senior when she was 26. She couldnt keep weight on anymore and the senior was just what she needed.


Cocoa - 32 yr old QH, Cherokee - 8 yr old TWH & Toby - 16 yr old QH
R.I.P. Cocoa 4/13/78 - 2/9/11
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