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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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older horse

Would you recomend a vitamin/mineral supplement for a 22 year old mare, who just doesn't look up to par?
She eats 3 quarts of purina senior and 1 quart of XTN twice a day and as much hay as she'll eat.

A little history on her is, my mother-in-law gave her to my daughter, which you couldn't ask for a better babysitter, but she's been a brood mare for the last seven years, and I'm having a hard time putting weight on her.

Where are you from? connecticut

Re: older horse

Hi Sharon,

There are many causes of being underweight, so I am reluctant to give you a "quick fix" without more knowledge about her history, what she is currently eating, her teeth situation, or worming situation, her activity level, and much more. If you are agreeable, I would like to set up a phone visit to help you determine the best diet.

For instance, I do not recommend feeding so much high starch feed to an older mare. It is not helping her gain weight, and could lead to hormonal imbalances, as well as colic or even laminitis. So, I would go over some more reasonable options.

To answer your question about a supplement -- definitely a supplement is important, but you are already giving her large amounts -- nearly 10 pounds -- of complete ration, so she is already getting many additional vitamins and minerals.

Most of her diet should come from forage and to help her gain weight, it would be best to reduce the starch and sugar, and add a fat source instead.

So, let me know if I can assist you further. I would really like to be able to help you get on track with her feeding plan, so she can have many more healthy years ahead of her.

All the best,

Dr. Getty