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post #1 of 4 Old 10-11-2013, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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Best feed for Senior horses?

What are some of the best horse feeds for 15 year olds and over? I guess they're considered seniors then..what would help them have a healthier, longer mane and tail and shiny coat? What would have just good vitamins and minerals for their bodies overall? So I just want to know what's better than just sweet feed? Thanks! And not something that would make them gain too much weight..just maintain!
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-11-2013, 03:23 PM
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I have my 20 year old H/J horse on Golden Year, and it seems to working well.
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15yo isn't very 'senior', just mature! And what's better than 'just sweetfeed'? Just about anything as a rule!

Start with hay/grazing. If the horse needs extra weight, more hay, some lucerne/alfalfa, beet pulp, soy hulls, ricebran... all sorts of healthy, low NSC, high fibre additives available. Whatever you feed, horses do best on little & often, which is especially important if on high starch/sugar feeds, to reduce the problems they may cause. And then, based on their diet & what they're getting from it, a good nutritional supp/ration balancer to 'fill the gaps'.
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-12-2013, 10:20 AM
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I haven't fed sweet feed since the mid 1970's. Horses are living much longer and staying useful well into their late 20's and early thirties because of the advances in feed and nutrition.

What's good for a mature horse? Lots of fiber, low starch but it all depends on the horse. What my mature and senior horses eat would starve the average TB. Mine are actually just a smidge plump right now but I live in a harsh winter area so I like the little bit extra. My oldest is 38 and still gallops around 20 acres.
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