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Harlee rides horses 01-21-2008 09:46 PM

Feed recommendations?
My horse is a 17 year old quarter horse. I barrel race him and lately his knees have started to seem as if he can't support himself fully, but it's an on and off thing, such as last weekend it was like that, and today he was fine. Whenever I ride him it has no effect on him whatsoever and he still wants to run. I'm going to put him on joint support and my friend recommended Senior feed. Any other recommendations?

tim 01-21-2008 11:08 PM

Yea, Purnina makes a nice senior feed.

funnygal 01-22-2008 06:45 AM

Triple Crown senior if you can get it? Would definitely recommend a Sr. feed.

Ryle 01-23-2008 07:53 PM

Unless you want to be feeding more than 10lbs of feed a day, putting your horse on a senior feed isn't a good plan. Especially since your horse is competing and at 17 isn't likely to have the dental issues that would make a senior feed necessary. Look at senior feeds more after 20 yrs of age...

Instead, a good feed designed to meet the needs of performance horses would be a better choice. Strategy, Ultium....any number of things would be fine.

As far as the knees, I would have a vet examine them to determine what is causing the problem. The sooner you catch and treat the arthritic changes that are common in joints in competitive horses, the longer they are able to still function.

Harlee rides horses 01-23-2008 08:11 PM

My grandparents, don't really want to buy all technical food, like they like to buy from the mill because it's cheaper, is there any specific ingredient I should be getting in my grain from the mill that can help any of these leg problems.

Like what I'm trying to say is there any specific ingredient in senior food or performance horse food that I can get in my horse's food at the mill?

tim 01-23-2008 08:52 PM

Well the senior and performance feeds all come with a very well rounded supplement package blended in. If you get straight feed from the mill, you may want to look into seperatly supplementing with minerals and things. There are millions of supplements out there but you can usually read on the package what it's primarily for, like Hyaluronic Acid for joint health... etc. etc.

Ryle 01-24-2008 09:56 AM

If you are going to buy a premixed horse feed from a mill, then is should be balanced. But I would still ask the mill for a nutrient profile on their feed. Especially before adding supplements to it because if it's not balanced you aren't going to balance it just by adding a supplement without considering what is high/low and what you need to change to bring the diet into balance.

Harlee rides horses 01-24-2008 01:58 PM

Ok, is there any specific supplement in senior foods that isn't in regular horse feed?

Ryle 01-24-2008 05:03 PM

No, senior feeds are just designed to be more easily digestible due to the changes that occur with age to make digestion less efficient. They also have a nutrient profile that is balanced to meet the needs of senior horses who tend to be deficient in certain vitamins and minerals.

Harlee rides horses 01-24-2008 09:53 PM

Well then what feed should I be feeding him for his joints and legs to prevent arthritis?

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