Join Date: May 2013
Location: State of Jefferson
Just for info, my beloved old mare lived to 27 and was in wonderful condition till just before she died. At about 23, I had to start feeding her beet pulp -- about 1 coffee can each day, which I soaked in warm water with some alfalfa pellets so she would like it. I divided that amount into 2 feedings. Before starting the beet pulp I just could not keep the weight on her. Her teeth were really worn down. She was getting all of her food down, it seemed, but not chewing it well enough. In my opinion that beet pulp was better than any senior feed or anything else I tried for getting her into top condition. Before that I just could not keep the weight on her and she was slowly starving. Believe me, I loved that horse and spent a lot of $$ on the best of feeds, but it was the beet pulp that did the trick for me anyway. You might have to be careful with grass hay too, because if they can't chew it well, it can get into sort of long strings in their intestines -- bad news. I always gave my old mare chopped hay or alfalfa leaves. It is a labor of love to take care of a senior horse, but it can be done. So far, I think you are doing well with soaking the hay, feeding supplements and adding beet pulp. If you give free choice hay, maybe give chopped or leafy hay until you can see the vet and be sure she has no chewing issues.