02-07-2012, 03:37 AM
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How are his teeth? They shouldn't generally be too bad yet, at age 25 but if they are too worn, he may have difficulty chewing the hay & be petter with chop.
If the senior feed is too starch &/or you're not feeding it little & often, this could be causing him digestive problems. Adding some beet pulp or other roughage to the hard feed is also a good idea. I agree the probiotics are also a good move.
Alfalfa is a good feed generally, high in energy. It's also very high in calcium, protein & other nutrients that can lead to imbalances if not fed as part of a balanced diet, and the high protein can be problematic for some horses, especially older ones. I'd therefore probably feed little of this without consulting a nutritionist about it or otherwise analysing his diet first.