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  1. Horse Health
    I have a horse who can founder. He is 24 years old and has not foundered for 2 years. Is it safe to add beet pulp into his diet?
  2. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi. I’m new here. I am desperate for help. I have a 20 year old QH mare. She is a sweet wonderful mare but she has some quirks. Quirks we weren’t aware of when we purchased her. It took me over a year just to get her to stay outside in a paddock. We board at a wonderful facility. One who helps...
  3. Horse Health
    So when we got my rescue mare she was a few days away from death. Totally healthy now but her back legs were covered in her own poop. Her pasture mates wouldn't let her eat the hay so she lived off grass scraps all year round for 7 (almost 8!!) years (with care from pb's coming in every once in...
  4. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    I have a senior QH mare (28 y/o) with access to 24/7 pasture and is given ~2 flakes hay/day by owners of boarding facility. She recently lost a bunch of weight due to an infection in her teeth - so I have started her on grain (~1.5 lbs) and alfalfa pellets (0.5 lbs) once daily. I am gone on the...
  5. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi everyone, I created this account quickly so I could ask for opinions/advice about something that happened today. I'm an adult amateur; I've been riding for a year and a half. I lease a 25yo gelding who is very unaware of the fact that he's supposed to be a senior at this point 😅 He's got a...
  6. Horse Health
    Hello, all, Recently, it has been on my mind to retire my gelding Dallas. He was pulled from a killpen back in March 2021, and was originally advertised as a 13y/o QH, but he’s more like a 18-22y/o standardbred. I would not be absolutely defeated or upset in any way if I had to retire him, as I...
  7. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    At my barn there is an 18 year old Appaloosa mare that for one reason or another I have fell for. Sadly her original owner passed away unexpectedly and she’s just been at the barn. I have done a lot of ground work with her and I can say that the previous own did some work as well. She is voice...
  8. Horse Health
    Hi, My family will be moving from PA to TN. It's about 9 hrs regular driving time. We are taking our 30 year old gelding (31 in May), he doesn't have arthritis and is strong for his age. If he wasn't in good health we wouldn't even think about moving him that far. He does require mash due to...
  9. Show Jumping and using jumping in training
    I have been working with my 25 year old paint over jumps lately. He has been in very good shape. I started jumping him in March. He jumps HUGE. I'm trying to figure out how high I should jump him. He really enjoys these jumps to my knowledge. How much could a horse of his age handle?
  10. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    Can anyone tell me if they have had any luck with weight gain on their senior horse using Manna Pro Senior Weight Accelerator and how long it took to notice? I have a 25 year old mare that is on Purina Senior now and her hay is always kept full. I've had to separate her from her herd to feed...
  11. Horse Health
    Okay Hi guys I am freshly new to this forum, so a big hello to you all :) Alrighty, I have an early 20s paint/spotted saddle horse with random swelling which likes to change legs. Weird, I know but he is a weird guy. His health history is just a medical book in and of itself, but to keep my post...
  12. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    Hi, I have had my Appaloosa horse since he was 7 years old , he is now 26, and he has always been a super easy keeper until a couple of years ago and recently has become even harder. In his prime he was 1250 pound horse. He has lost weight and you can now see his backbone and hips. He is eating...
  13. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    This is my first post here so I will give a little back story about how my mare came to be in this position :-) Stormy is a 22ish year old QH mare. She has always been an easy keeper and leaned to the chunky side on free choice forage and a little grain for a treat when being worked with. This...
  14. Horse Health
    Okay…some of you may not think this is the right thread but…I feel as if it pertains to his health. My 25 year old appy lost his mane when he was around 15 ish and (appy's being appy's…) it has just started to grow back. He now has about 2 inches of growth (though his tail still looks like it...
  15. Horse Feeds, Feeding and Nutrition
    I have owned horses for years but have little experience with seniors. My first mare is in her early 20s and has always been an easy keeper (seriously - just a handful of oats would keep her butterball-fat). This winter everything just dramatically changed and it seems that being a senior has...
  16. Horse Health
    Hi :D I have a Shetland pony who is getting up there in age (17 to be exact!) who is just a retired pasture pet now but seems to be aging and slowing down a little bit. I'd really like to feed her a supplement to just give her a boost since her age is catching up to her, but Since she's doing...
  17. General Riding queries
    So last November, as yall know, I rescued an emaciated senior TWH mare and have been working on getting her healthy again. Joyce was probably a mid-to-high-2 (possibly a low-3) on the Body Condition Scale (I use the 1-to-10 scale, where 1 is skin and bones and 10 is morbidly obese). She has...
  18. Member Journals
    I have a 20 year old Thoroughbred Quarter horse mix geldling. Its getting cold out ( - 5) outside. So it is to cold to ride him. :-( He has 2 almost 3 archers to roam in, he is a pasture horse. Lately he has been eating his poop. I always keep his feeder full with grass hay all day. He gets...
  19. Horse Health
    Hi, I have a 27 year old horse that will not gain weight. I have tried giving senior grain and his teeth have been checked. I need to find away to get him to gain some weight by this winter... Does anyone have any weight gaining tips?:-|
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