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post #11 of 15 Old 08-10-2017, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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Okay I'm going with Purina senior - I'll link it later. It was reccomended by a friend with a couple seniors, who wants to start a rehabilitation centre.

As for supplements I'm lost.

I may go for omega alpha, but it's pricey - but it's also the most readily available. I would love some reccomendations.

I can definitely tell between their bad days and their good. Sometimes our oldest is very very stiff.
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post #12 of 15 Old 08-13-2017, 04:03 PM
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Watch their weight on the Senior. We started feeding it to our Srs and had one start dropping weight horribly. Turns out that only has 1250cal/pound while the Sr Active has 1650. We had to move her to that so now that is what they all (Srs) get. The feed store had told us that the Sr (red bag) was 1600cal/pound which is more in line with what we were feeding. Turns out they had misunderstood the rep. The rest get Strategy 1500cal/pound.
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Here are the two I am now comparing.

I am originally thinking on Evolution senior, but QrtBel, as you said I am now comparing the senior active.

Our mares are retired, but fairly active in the pasture. The weight dropping is moderate, not severe, but our oldest gets a bit too thin for my liking.

Senior horse feed - Evolution Senior //

Senior horse feed - Omolene Senior Action //
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post #14 of 15 Old 08-14-2017, 11:40 AM
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Just for comparison:
This is fairly close to the Evolution (and is the one we had weight loss issues with)

This is Sr Active:
It has a significantly higher fat level than either of the two you posted. Do you not have something similar if you need it there? On it she showed improvement fairly quick but was still not where I wanted her. I added rice bran to everyone just because I want the added shine but the mare that lost so much gets a lb a day to help her continue her recovery and keep her stable. It didn't help that I have been out of town for a time and the person feeding doesn't get it when it comes to keeping weight on an animal. Over feeds the dogs, under feeds the horses and kept going back to the red bag (Eq Sr) because he figured he was saving me $$$. If I didn't have pasture I don't know what I would do.

Mine are pasture 24/7 as well and stay very active.
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post #15 of 15 Old 08-14-2017, 12:17 PM
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I found this when looking up some of the joint supps I have used. It is a handy PDF that compares products and includes size of tub and number of servings. Just in case I shouldn't post this link. It is under drsfostersmith Joint Supplements for Horses: Compare All.

Horse Supplements: Joint Supplements Comparison Chart

You may find that useful to help you find something available in your area that is reasonable and contains what you want.
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