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        01-02-2011, 04:29 PM
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    I know there are tons of questions about this, but i need help with senior horse

    I have a gelding who is about 36 years old, i've had him for 13 years and I want to keep him as healthy as possible, every winter for the last 2 or so winters he's lost a lot of weight so this year i'm going to do everything I can to keep him fat, he is missing all but 4 molars on the bottom and all his top are gone(he has 2 bottom on each side but they are not next to each other)
    He only gets grain once a day because with my son and work schedule I can only get out there around noon and then 5 and that would be too close together to feed grain(but I make sure he has enough hay to eat pretty much all the time) Right now he gets 2.5 3 quart scoops of Purina senior soaked to mush,with 1 scoop of alfalfa pellets also soaked. I went to tractor supply company and got him rolled oats, rice bran and beet pulp, I did buy a scale to weigh the stuff(i just keep forgetting to bring it back to the barn with me) My question is about how much of all of this should I be feeding? He is a 14.2HH arab/quarter who weighs about 800lbs(although I haven't taped him in a few months so that could be off) I also blanket him, he has a heavy weight blanket an attached neck cover and for really cold days he has a fleece liner on under it(lately it's been in the teens here with windchill below 0)
    Thanks for any help you guys can give!
         
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        01-03-2011, 09:24 AM
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    Total per day needs to be about 30lbs ...

    I would change to either Nutrena Senior or Triple Crown Senior or Kent Senior ... basically any senior BUT Purina;)

    Feed the Min amount of the senoir normally 6 to 8lbs

    I wold start with 1/2 rice bran and build UP TO 2lbs

    Then I would do abou t6lbs of beet pulp and 14lbs of alfalfa cubes well soaked :)

    Actually I would go lazy man's way and feed max amount of Senior then soak about 10 lbs of alfalfa cubes
         
        01-03-2011, 08:12 PM
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    Originally Posted by Peggysue    
    total per day needs to be about 30lbs ...

    I would change to either Nutrena Senior or Triple Crown Senior or Kent Senior ... basically any senior BUT Purina;)

    Feed the Min amount of the senoir normally 6 to 8lbs

    I wold start with 1/2 rice bran and build UP TO 2lbs

    Then I would do abou t6lbs of beet pulp and 14lbs of alfalfa cubes well soaked :)

    Actually I would go lazy man's way and feed max amount of Senior then soak about 10 lbs of alfalfa cubes
    Thanks for the advice, I will look into switching him to a different feed, we get the feed directly from Phillips feed distributor because my mom owns a boarding kennel and we sell pet supplies, so we only pay 13 something for the Purina senior. I just texted her to ask her if we can get any of the feeds you listed above. If she doesn't get back to me I will ask her for a list when I go feed tomorrow
         
        01-03-2011, 08:15 PM
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    I've had amazing results with Nutrena Equine Senior.
         

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