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post #1 of 5 Old 04-09-2017, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Senior feed suggestions

With the prospect of moving my gelding home this summer, I should have the ability to feed something else other than what my barn feeds. He is currently on Super Glo Senior with Dumor's glucosamine joint supplement. What can be said about what he is already getting? And what all can you guys suggest for me to try or change if anything? Thanks! He is 19 yrs old this summer, has some joint issues (managed with injections for the most part currently), and has been a hard keeper all his life. I was also told by his old owner that he did have one episode of laminitis and did have a tendency to go off of his feed with them and did colic. However in the last year I have had him I have actually been able to keep him sound barefoot (something I was told he wouldn't be able to do) and he has never gone off his feed. He is also currently in what I would call moderate work (2-3 rides per week) and does have 24/7 turnout with hay given every day. I also show, so I want to get him looking his best :)
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-09-2017, 09:01 PM
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If he's doing good on what you're feeding now,I would leave him on that.
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-14-2017, 12:53 AM
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Disclaimer of not knowing anything about the feed but I agree if he's doing well why change it?
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-14-2017, 12:15 PM
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I'm with KAB & Yogiwick. Only thing I can add is that when he gets to be a REAL Senior, soaked pelleted feed.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-21-2017, 12:26 AM
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Hi, firstly, I'd want to find out why he's been such a 'hard keeper' & endeavor to get his gut healthier. Unless you're doing long/hard riding for much of those 2-3 days, I wouldn't consider him in moderate work, so he 'should' be a good weight on a maintenance/light work ration, if healthy. Obviously teeth & worms are possible factors to rule out first. If he's been known for colic - and laminitis may well have been directly associated too - there have very likely been ongoing feed/management problems, commonly too rich/starchy feed such as grain. I'd consider feeding something that promotes gut health & healing, like Slippery Elm, Aloe Vera juice or such.

Maybe what you're feeding is great for him, and likely better than his previous owner did, by the sounds. But I'd want to find a low starch/sugar alternative, especially if his digestive system is struggling - only know about the feed from the product info page, doesn't give NSC values, but it is grain based. You don't say how much or how often he's fed this. Especially if keeping that, or other rich, grainy or high fat feed, I'd aim to feed his ration over at least 3-4 small meals daily. The more infrequent or larger meals are more problematic & less well digested.

I'm also not sure of the analysis, as the info page has 2 quite different ones on it, without explanation. Whether this feed or otherwise, I'd want to have a proper analysis, so I could work out what, if any, 'ration balancer' or nutritional supps were needed, as well balanced nutrition is vital for good health & imbalance could also be behind his 'failure to thrive'.
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