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Caring for an Older Horse

Horses can sometimes live to be forty years or older, although that is an exception rather than a rule.  Just like humans and other mammals, as horses age they require a different feeding regimen and need an equine senior feed which provides all the necessary nutrients, plus the forage supply, in a moist pelleted form. 

Equine senior feed is expensive -- $20.00 per 50 lb. bag these days, and older horses require up to 15 pounds per day.  Caring for an older horse correctly is expensive and requires lots more hands-on and eyes-on to make sure that the horse is eating well.  Older horses have teeth problems and may choke easily because they can no longer chew hay and feed; veterinarians should be asked to check the older horse’s teeth to identify any problems.   Equine senior feed provides just about everything an older horse needs, but we still provide fresh hay, minerals, and usually mix in a high-quality 12% pelleted feed with the equine senior if the horse can still chew and digest that feed.

When DCFHR takes in starved horses, equine senior feed is what we start them off on.  It helps their digestive system start up again while providing the horse with the nutrients it needs.  The first week after a starved horse arrives as DCFHR, most of its pelleted feed intake is an equine senior feed.