Feed for older HorsesFood for older horses
It' also important to feed good, mould and dust-free grain and feed. Feedingstuffs specially developed for older horses provide these higher nutrient contents in the right proportion.
Seniors horses: Your older horses change their nutrition
The lives of older horses - and their owner - have significantly changed thanks to progress in vet techniques and horse-feeding. Horses are just like humans individual; they do not all grow old at the same rate and in the same way. Some horses compete until the early 1920s, while others are already in retirement as teenagers.
Some horses keep up their physical and muscular strength better than others. However, even if the appearance of older horses changes from year to year, they can all profit from the care taken over their dietary needs in their gold years. When your mare has been losing body size, body shape and fur, this can also be a symptom of a metabolism disorder.
Once you have excluded them, you can switch your horses to a feed specially adapted to the needs of older horses. "Elderly food has been formulated to create a nutritional resource for horses who have problems consuming long-stalked food and whose aging can impair ingestion.
It provides the older horses with nutriments in an easy-to-digest form," says Coleman. "Seniors usually contain 12 to 14 per cent raw proteins and have a fatty fraction of 5 to 10 per cent, according to how the feed is to be used. Furthermore, the fibre contents will be between 16 and 18 per cent.
"Older horses' digestion system tends to be less effective in nutrient uptake. Horse nutrition scientists take this into account when they formulate food for the elderly. That is why these diets usually have elevated levels of proteins and fats to increase the number of carbohydrates and those essential for the proper diet. Seniors' food is usually also high-fiber and comes in a pellet shape that is easily chewed by older horses.
In order to assist your horse's intestinal transit and nutritional uptake, you should include a prebiotic/probiotic complement to your horse's day's nutrition. In older horses, the alimentary tract tends to be less effective in the preparation and intake of nutrition. Elder horses often have trouble feeding on grass because their horses' teeths are either used up or lack.
High fibre levels in elderly feed are of value when it comes to reducing or removing the amount of straw (long-stemmed feed). Though Coleman has found out that in some feedings, elderly food can be used as the only food for horses. But if a horsetail can still feed - either straw or willow - it is usually best to provide this food and then compensate for its nutrient needs with an older food.
When you still feed your older horses grass you will want to be particularly choosy about it. Horses must be able to bite and shred the grass, so choose good, smooth and not too ripe grass; it should not have thick, filamentous stems. "Coleman added, "The only worry is whether the older stallion has any medicinal doubts that have been identified and would restrict the use of pulses.
You may need to provide soggy diced or even give some hot tap running hot to make a porridge in a situation where a cow has lost teeth and can no longer really bite it. "Softening a food, such as e.g. alfa dice, makes it easy for the horses to eat.
If the dice are well made, they can be quite heavy to cut according to the horse's toothing. An older rider with regular dental erosion may find it harder to split the cubes," says Coleman. Remember that every wheat or pellet feed you put into a must must be consumed and stuffed in a relatively small amount of food, especially when the temperature is high.
In order to be on the safest side, throw away the non-eaten must within one to two hours. In case your older stallion has medical conditions, you should discuss in detail with your vet what is the best diet for his special needs. Obesity horses are often susceptible to more trouble, so you should also pay attention to their weights and make sure that they are neither too light nor too light.