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post #1 of 6 Old 09-24-2020, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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Senior supplements!!??

Hey everyone, I have a 20 Somthing year old boy who is in great condition and health, BUT just wondering if I should add something extra to help him age gracefully. Being supplements, feed additives....????
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If he's in great condition and health he probably doesn't need anything. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. You could give him joint-related supplements if he seems to get stiff, but all too often I see people supplementing the heck out of their horses and it doesn't do any good. If you give one supplement, you usually have to give a companion supplement (or two) in order for that supplement to properly absorb. I think there are tests you can do to see if he's lacking anything.

That being said, you can't go wrong with a good probiotic. My old horse struggles with being underweight and this has helped him digest his food better.

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post #3 of 6 Old 09-25-2020, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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If he's in great condition and health he probably doesn't need anything. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. You could give him joint-related supplements if he seems to get stiff, but all too often I see people supplementing the heck out of their horses and it doesn't do any good. If you give one supplement, you usually have to give a companion supplement (or two) in order for that supplement to properly absorb. I think there are tests you can do to see if he's lacking anything.

That being said, you can't go wrong with a good probiotic. My old horse struggles with being underweight and this has helped him digest his food better.
Ok good to know. Just wasn’t sure if he needed a little extra anything... I’ve heard so many things from beet pulp to probiotics as well so just trying to get better understanding for my old guy. Thanks
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-25-2020, 11:31 AM
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What is his forage situation like? What is he currently getting grain/supplement wise?
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-25-2020, 02:53 PM
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How long since his teeth were floated? I was surprised horses need floating or at least a dental exam once a year? I thought it was just old horses.
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-25-2020, 03:13 PM
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As you have him on pasture if I am not mistaken at least part of the day and hay along with cubes I would add a granulated ration balancer like Moormans GroStrong or Purina Free Balance. As long as he doesn't need any more calories you'd do well with that. I do like the ProAdd Ultimate or Empower Topline Balance by Nutrena if there is a lack of topline.

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