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post #1 of 6 Old 04-16-2013, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Nutrition for 18yr old mare

Ive been trying to plan for my 2013 show season, since all this snow isnt leaving me anywhere to ride! Anyways I have an 18yr old quarter horse mare that I want to show with again this year. I only took her a couple times last year but my sister used her for 4-H and whenever we were working on the ranch. She's never been one to put on a lot of weight. Her body condition Id say is still good, I just started thinking about adding maybe supplements bc I can see she's starting to show her age a bit. In the past she had trouble with lameness but with chiropractics and massage she's been sound for many years now. Right now she gets pellets and hay, when grass starts to grow she's in a grass pasture.
Just wanted another opinion and suggestions on what supplements are good.
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What kind of pellets does she get right now, and how much? Same question for the hay: what kind and how much?
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What kind of pellets does she get right now, and how much? Same question for the hay: what kind and how much?
Yes, more information would be necessary to even begin to comment on what supplements she might benefit from, if any. Also, what is her current body condition?
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The hay is grass/alfalfa mix and its self feed. The pellets are made by a guy in our area. Ill have to find the page with the ingredients. We buy it in bulk, I know he gets it tested to keep the nutritional value. She gets a medium coffee can morning and night.
Her body condition is good, I would say she's thin but she's definitely not carrying around any extra weight.
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Definitely get the ingredients. She might need a senior feed....
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As horses get older, their ability to absorb nutrients declines. Exactly "when" that happens to a degree it warrants an increase in vitamins/mineral/caloric intake varies w each individual horse and usually becomes apparent with all things held equal (diet, environment, etc.,). Nutrients, in turn, help ensure they get the biggest "bang" out of all their calories. So, senior feed "delivers" on these fronts and is convenient. I have fed senior feed to young horses when I was trying to boost their weight and "ensure" their dietary needs were met. It can't hurt, but "when" a senior diet plan is necessary for a given senior isn't necessarily determined by their birth date.

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