Originally Posted by OldEnduranceRider View Post
I was thinking EXACTLY what horselovinguy said, cooked carrots, apple sauce. No chunks of carrots or apples, maybe shredded instead even. If he cannot chew hay, he cannot eat raw carrots or apples. I only gave my old guys bran mash in the winter when it was REALLY freezing and maybe they weren't drinking as much as they should. I just lost my old man in September, he was 36, when he was about 28 or 29 he could not chew hay. He'd chew it up then spit it out, had rolled up hay all over the place, but he enjoyed it, and did not attempt to swallow it, so I'd give him a handful at each meal.. He got 3 quarts alfalfa pellets, that I'd soak overnight, or over day, in a gallon of water, then I'd add 2 quarts of Equine Senior and add another 1/2 gallon or so. At various times he'd also get All-In-One, soaked also with his pellets, it would depend on what we could get our hands on. When he had colic, the day before we euthanized him, our vet was not in town, so a vet from the neighboring county came out. That vet was amazed at how good my horse looked at 36, and noted that my horse did not have any cheek muscles. We never did figure out what made him colic, but the vet also told us that it's hard to tell with the old horses. Good luck, he may live to be 36 or more.
P.S. He got that 2x's a day, in the summer I did not start soaking it till an hour before he would eat it, as it could get sour if left to soak all day, in the summer heat.
I'm definitely going to try the applesauce and cooked apples/carrots mix! He'll probably eat that up. My old man is nearing 30, but he sure doesn't act like it
He'll still run around the field with the other horses when they're all feeling good, he's still got so much energy and spunk. His feed is pretty similar to the mix you described, he gets a scoop of senior feed with beet pulp and hay squares that were already presoaked, and then we add more water when we mix in the senior feed. But we leave his food inside to soak in the day and night and keep a cover over it to keep it from souring.