Feeding Senior 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. Kathy says:

    Feed companies periodically change the formulations of bagged feeds, so it’s helpful to read labels and KEEP the label (writing date of purchase on it) from the last bag you were happy with so you have a reference point. That’s how I know they change a little from time to time (likely based on supply changes or growing conditions). I’ve found Safe Choice by Nutrena has some good formulas for my small senior Arabian mare who needs a little extra help in the winter. I always choose the type with the lowest sugar/starch content and add 1/2 to 1 cup of red flaky wheat bran which she loves. Their senior formula currently has 14% protein, 8% fat and 16% fiber.

  2. Gwyn says:

    I would be interested in your thoughts on vitamin and mineral Cafeterias so they can self feed themselves as needed.

    • Casie says:

      I have done both free choice minerals and added minerals to feed buckets. I think both can work well. I did have some horses eat large amounts of free choice minerals (which they may have very well needed), but they tend to like certain brands better than others which makes me wonder if it’s other ingredients their wanting to eat instead of the minerals, themselves. Because of cost, I’ve gone back to adding minerals to their feed buckets.

  3. Lynell Abbott says:

    Several years ago I was feeding 1:1 calcium/phosphorus free choice. My horses couldn’t seem to get enough of it. After I was introduced to the 2:1 ratio for them to eat, they finally leveled off. Now they hardly touch it, though I still keep it as a free choice option for them.
    Thanks for your posts. They are very informative!

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