I didn't realize there was a "minimum" for feeding Senior Feed. I know they have the charts on back but I've usually found those to be unhelpful and cause you to overfeed, at least with other brands...I tend to think of them as marketing for the feed company. After all, they tell you to use a little more than necessary, so you buy more, right? 4 lbs a day is actually working pretty well for my horse's weight, but is he lacking vitamins because of missing an extra 2 lbs?
Peggysue and Crossover, thank you for your input; I am very wary of putting alfalfa pellets into my horse's diet as alfalfa very quickly makes him hot. I don't have any experience with rice bran, though; what exactly does that do for them?
I'm reluctant to make too many changes to his diet at the moment; his weight is keeping up beautifully with his current grass hay, TractGard and Senior Feed and I don't want to mess that up or buy anything I don't need. I'm open to suggestions, but I'm mainly posting here about the joint and calming supplements. My horse definitely needs a joint supplement, with his history as a Steeplechaser and then eventer. His joints are pretty run down for a horse his age. I just need a good, inexpensive one that doesn't make him hot! What do you guys feed for joints?
And the calming supplements too, obviously. Crossover, how much Daily Calm is in a daily dose and how much does it cost per month?
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