Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
Well, 18 isn't ancient although it is technically a senior age. I like to keep it simple, and it sounds like his diet was kept simple and nutritious. I really like purina, nutrena or manna-pro senior feeds. If he were mine, I would replace the grain with a senior feed in the winter. It is formulated to ensure their decreasing ability to absorb nutrients is "made up for", which in turns makes sure they get more of what is available from the rest of their intake - and I have always gotten good results w it.
But, like you said - everyone has a different opinion. My friend has a 32 yo senior that, due to dietary restrictions, can only have laken lite (alfalfa/grass pellet) and he is a very healthy looking older gentleman. So, there you have it.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.