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Why we don’t use Senior horse feeds.

I do not feed senior horse feeds because of all the unhealthy ingredients..many which can irritate the gut and are pro-inflammatory. Here are ingredients off feed tags. Peanuts, wheat, soy, corn, molasses- not healthy. They also may contain artificial preservatives, colors and flavors.

I feed the 32 year old stallion 2# of alfalfa pellets and 12# of steamed timothy pellets (all soaked). No hay, he has few teeth. I give him 1-2 oz a day of Purina Free Balance granules, an ounce of loose white salt, a cup of Coolstance, one tsp. of turmeric and a pinch of black pepper, to potentiate the turmeric which is anti-inflammatory. He has a salt block. That’s it and he is galloping around. He was on senior feed in foster before he came here in Jan. 2012 and arrived gassy.. foster said he was always gassy for his 6 months after rescue. He’s fine after getting off the senior feed. He had been starved and abused from age 19 to 29.

Knickers at age 30, after 10 years of terrible neglect.

Knickers at age 30, after 10 years of terrible neglect.

I googled and found these feed tags posted on the internet. The ingredients tend to vary, depending on availability, but here is an idea of why we avoid these processed feeds.

http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com/horse-forums/purina-nutrena-senior-ingredients-352857.html

Purina Equine Senior- wheat middlings, dehydrated alfalfa, cane molasses, ground peanut hulls, dried beet pulp, dehulled soybean meal, ground soybean hulls, stablilized rice bran, soybean oil, wheat flour, vegetable oil, ground corn, flaxseed, calcium carbonate, salt thiamine mononitrate, citric acid, l-lysine, choline chloride, iron oxide, propionic acid (a preservative), ascorbic acid, vitamin E supplement, sorbitan monostearate, biotin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin E, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, anise flavor, fenugreek flavor, vitamin B-12 supplement, niacin supplement, tocopherols (a preservative), vitamin A supplement, xanthan gum, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, magnesium oxide, cobalt carbonate, ferrous carbonate, vitamin D3 supplement, manganous oxide, dl-methionine, sodium selenite

Nutrena Life Design Senior -wheat middlings, dehydrated alfalfa meal, peanut hulls, ricebran, cane molasses, soybean hulls, rice hulls, dehulled soybean meal, dried plain beet pulp, corn distillers dried grains with solubles, brewers rice, yeast culture, ground flax, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D supplement, vitamin E supplement, vitamin B-12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, dl-methionine, salt, natural and artificial flavors added, lecithin, magnesium oxide, manganese sulfate, manganous oxide, ferrous sulfate, ferrous carbonate, copper chloride, copper sulfate, zinc oxide, zinc sulfate, calcium iodate, cobalt carbonate, sodium selenite, zinc methionine complex, copper lysine complex, manganese methionine complex, cobalt glucoheptonate, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product dehydrated, bifidobacterium thermophilum fermentation product dehydrated, enterococcus faecium fermentation product dehydrated, dried whey, linseed oil, casein, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), niacin supplement, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, iron oxide, d-calcium pantothenate, soybean oil, calcium propionate (a preservative), ascorbic acid

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