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post #1 of 7 Old 09-05-2013, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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My horses need a new feed plan!

I have a gelding that is probably 24-27 years old (we dont know exact age, thats just going off of what the vet is saying) and he is becoming harder and harder to keep weight on him. He is on 8 acres of pasture with my mare and has hay everyday. Hes very healthy, just had his teeth floated in May and shots and everything. I also give him a scoop of senior feed from our local farm bureau. What feed and or suppliments would you recommend giving my old guy to keep weight on him this fall and winter?

Also I have a mare who is 6, full of energy and is to easy of a keeper. She is always fat except for in the winter (according to her old owners as I've only had her since the beginning of spring). What would you recommend for a young energetic horse as well?


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post #2 of 7 Old 09-05-2013, 11:54 AM
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A ration balancer or a vit/ min supplement in a handful of soaked alfalfa pellets for the mare.
The oldie ....he might need more than just a scoop of senior feed due to age related trouble of utilizing feed. I'd start out with the recommended amount of senior feed for him and see from there. Or upgrade to a better senior feed, like Nutrena Life Design senior or TC senior, again, the recommended amount for feeding with hay/ pasture.
Senior feeds are designed to be fed as sole ration for older horses with tooth problems, so they are not as energy- dense as normal feeds.
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Thank you so much!

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You might find that the older horse doesn't cope with the cold - especially prolonged spells of wet winter weather now, their metabolisms aren't as efficient as turning food into body heat as a younger horse
If you find that you're constantly having to feed more and more concentrates on top of ad lib hay that he might do better for stabling at night (unless you already do that) and a lightweight blanket for some extra help
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Also are you feeding him salt? Salt deficiency often causes ill thrift. He should be getting around 2 Tbsp a day in his feed is he is grazing green grass. (This is to balance the high potassium load in that grass).
They do NOT get enough out of a salt lick!
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I feed all but one of mine the same ration---They eat Southern States Performance textured and beet pulp mixed approximately 1/3 grain-2/3 beet pulp- add water and feed. The horses range in age from 2 yrs to 21 yrs. Grass hay and decent pasture.

The 28 yo gets Triple Crown Senior, pretty much all he will eat(but not free choice), and alfalfa hay, because he will not eat the grass hay. He is also supplemented with Accel Lifetime, and electrolytes. He goes out in the pasture, but I never see him graze, he just watches the other horses.

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