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post #91 of 103 Old 09-15-2013, 05:58 AM
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My most successful regimen with a senior horse needing weight was on Strategy GX, a cup of sunflower seed oil, Source, and full time pasture and quality hay, but that "senior" was 16 at the time lol. With one as elderly as yours I'd go the Life Design route. Omelene is mostly sugars.. never did good for my horses.
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post #92 of 103 Old 09-15-2013, 09:39 AM
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Just read (most) of this thread. IMO, this horse is NOT a one...more like between a two and three judging from the most recent pic. Old horses, like old people, carry weight differently. She is likely never going to have much topline...it is normal for a geriatric horse to have a more prominent backbone and withers & is not necessarily a sign that it is "too thin". That being said, cribbers are notorious for being poor doers & I would address that FIRST.
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post #93 of 103 Old 09-15-2013, 10:50 AM
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Since her ground manners need work anyway, focus on that. Everyone will benefit!

As for "senior" -- I would not consider a 15 yr old to be a senior these days. By any stretch. She has a weight issue, no doubt, but she is not senior.
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post #94 of 103 Old 09-15-2013, 01:02 PM
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I would also suggest a high protein supplement & arthritis supplement as well. My first horse lived to be 42 on a 30% protein & high glucosamine /man, etc. Never had an ulcer, but did have heaves & a hernia (which was already present when he went on the high protein).

My oldish man, not my 1st horse & 20 when this happened, mysteriously lost over 100 lbs. We ran every test in the book & came up with nothing. He was on a 50/50 mix of Sr feed & 12% feed. We switched him over to all sr feed and a sr supplement with 21% protein. So everything combined equaled 46%. He gained weight right away with no complications. Of coarse this was all coordinated and monitered with the vet.

Just a thought.
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post #95 of 103 Old 09-15-2013, 01:12 PM
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Weight gain happens best with higher fat content, not necessarily having to up the protein.

And this horse is a senior I think it's been established that she is well into her 20's.

Age sometimes is not a good indicator of needing senior care as I've seen 15 year olds that looked and acted 30, and I've seen 23 year olds still on the barrel circuit who acted 7.

This horse is a senior.
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He said he couldnt really tell bc her teeth were so worn down. He said she could be 25, or she could be 35. I think 27 is about right. LOL.... I can't wait until the rest of that winter hair comes out, and I'm going to try to take a picture from an angle that HIDES her ribs and backbone and flatters her! :) She needs one of those pictures I think! :) It's been raining her all week! :P
Putting this here for the poster who thinks she's 15.
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Weight gain happens best with higher fat content, not necessarily having to up the protein.

And this horse is a senior I think it's been established that she is well into her 20's.

Age sometimes is not a good indicator of needing senior care as I've seen 15 year olds that looked and acted 30, and I've seen 23 year olds still on the barrel circuit who acted 7.

This horse is a senior.
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Thank you. I understand she is a senior, thus the examples of increasing protein in not only a 20 ( now 22 yr) old, BUT a horse IN THEIR UPPER THIRTY'S.

Yes, you want the fats, however that will only do so much. Protein builds muscle, muscle also keeps them warm, arthritis supplements at that age and history increase comfort, which promotes overall health & management.
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post #98 of 103 Old 09-15-2013, 03:18 PM
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I agree with the arthritis advice. But my recent equine nutrition classes have taught me that excessive protein can be more harmful than beneficial. They will just urinate out what they do not use so excessive amounts are unnecessary. The healthiest weight gain is achieved by unlimited hay, higher fat feed, feeding for desired weight, and assuring they are getting the recommended daily vitamins and not in excess. This means having your hay for nutritional content and feeding concentrates accordingly. Feeding by weight and not volume is imperative as well.
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And I was letting NM know that this horse is in fact very much a senior.
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Since her ground manners need work anyway, focus on that. Everyone will benefit!

As for "senior" -- I would not consider a 15 yr old to be a senior these days. By any stretch. She has a weight issue, no doubt, but she is not senior.
If you continued reading on, it was discovered this girl is in her 30's :)

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