Senior Horse that doesn't look or act Senior!
I have a new horse. He is 25, but looks like he's about 15. Prophet, that's his name, is about 1200 lbs, 15.4 hands, black and white paint.Everyone comments on how stunning he looks! He is a fabulous very well behaved and well trained horse! I've had him 2 months and he knows me (and my car), comes to my voice and my hand gestures. I feed him the exact same way as the previous owner fed. I board him nearby with 5 other horses (not mine). He's as energetic as the other younger horses, without the sassiness.
He has developed scratches twice in the past 4 weeks. I realize it has been a wet summer and the pasture does get wet after a rain. It seems to show up overnight. The farrier was there 1 day ago and said he didn't have scratches any longer and looked fine. Today he has them! They've been gone about 3 weeks, but back again. I have a prescription from the vet already, but will buy desitin next time... at recommendation of a local trainer.
I read that sweet feed can contribute to scratches, although it hasn't been proven. He is given 12% sweet feed, don't really care for the brand, but he seems to like it. I will be weaning him off the sweet feed and give him Blue Seal Senior or LifeTime. I'm considering lifetime due to the Glucosamine and Chondroitin. He's not getting any younger and want to keep his joints and hoofs healthy as well as his digestive tract.
Your thoughts, recommendation and suggestions would be great!