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Senior Horse Nutrition

Base your senior horse’s diet on a full assessment of his health and management to help his well-being.
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Choose the right diet for your aging horse to maximize his health and well-being.

Your horse is of that certain age–a senior, a veteran, a golden gal or golden guy, a moldy oldie. The last rail’s been cleared (or knocked down), the backstretch run, the pattern completed. Life’s about cruisin’ in the slow lane.

Now that your horse is officially a senior citizen, you wonder, shouldn’t he starting eating like one?

But what does feeding a senior horse entail? Is a special senior formula the best option? Can or should forage remain the foundation of your aging horse’s diet? Is supplementation needed for his aging digestive system? When should a horse be switched to a senior diet and, more importantly, why?

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Marcia King is an award-winning freelance writer based in Ohio who specializes in equine, canine, and feline veterinary topics. She’s schooled in hunt seat, dressage, and Western pleasure.

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