Tips on Caring for Older Horses

Casie

Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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  1. Instead of Triple Crown Low Starch or Senior I would like to recommend CoolStance, which can be mixed with water for instant feeding, is low in non-structural carbohydrates, GMO and toxin free, and easy to chew. It contains the valuable coconut oil at ca. 12%. We also carry a product named Turmericle, which has two different species of quality turmeric, powdered coconut oil, ground black pepper and Resveratrol for a solid dose of antioxidants. Clients nationwide are reporting excellent results. http://stanceequineusa.com

  2. claire says:

    Hi Would you mind me using your notes on dental care in the older equine, on an equine dental page I manage? Really good advice. Enjoyed reading the article.

  3. It’s interesting to learn what needs to be done to take care of older horses. I had no idea that movement is beneficial to arthritic joints. Is that true for humans as well, or just horses?

    • Casie says:

      Hi Ridley,

      Yes, this is true for humans as well. As long as exercise can be tolerated, it is good for this condition (so long as it’s not over-stressing affected joints).

  4. Jele says:

    Hi, really good info about care for older horses 🙂 Mine is 24 and has arthritis on his hind knee, I’ve been giving him a teaspoon of chia seeds in his feed every morning (soaked in water:) for the past year and his hind leg movement has improved greatly since. Chia is similar to flax seeds in Omega 3 (anti inflammatory) but unlike flax doesn’t need to be freshly ground… 🙂

  5. Beverly Hubbard says:

    Standlee Hay Company has molasses free beet pulp. I love it because the shreds are large. But I can usually get molasses free at Southern States. Chaffhaye is another great product. Check out their website or Facebook page sometime. I’ve been feeding balancer pellet(soaked), Chaffhaye, beet pulp(soaked), flaxseed, diatomaceous earth, oats(soaked), and a splash of canola oil to my 26 yo ottb Stacey. She had all her upper incisors removed last year due to EOTRH. But she’s doing great. Almost forgot, in hot weather I add Equimin to beet pulp before soaking and adding to feed.

    • Casie says:

      Hi Beverly,

      I’ve fed both beet pulp and chaffhaye to my horses and they are definitely good options for older horses. I would swap the canola oil for something like ground flax (or another supplement higher in omega 3’s as opposed to omega 6’s). Sounds like your horse is in good hands though!

  6. Beverly Hubbard says:

    Hi Casie, I add the canola for fat and calories. Flax is only 40% fat. Canola is higher in fat than corn oil, though alot of horses prefer the taste of corn oil. She gets 1 1/2 cups of flax seed a day. I used to grind it but discovered that it makes no real difference, horses get the benefits even when flax seed passes through their system intact.

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