Category Archives: Pet Health Articles

The Aging Horse’s Digestive Tract

As a horse ages, its digestive tract becomes less efficient due to decreased motility, digestion, and absorption of nutrients. In these situations, replacing whole grains with a processed feed that includes higher nutrient levels will help provide adequate nutrition to meet the horse's needs. Equine Senior® and Equine Senior® Active Healthy Edge® horse feeds are…
Read more

Monitoring the Aging Horse’s Dental Condition

You can spot an aging horse by teeth checks. As a horse ages, the grinding motion of chewing wears the teeth down, and the teeth then erupt to replace what has worn away. At some point in a horse's life, there is not enough tooth left to replace the wear, and the horse can no…
Read more

Characteristics of a Senior Horse

First, we should define the senior horse. We typically think of a senior horse as one that is in its teens, but individual horses become seniors at different ages. The age at which a horse's nutritional needs shift from those of a mature adult horse to those of a geriatric horse is determined by genetics…
Read more

Proper Feeding Schedules for Horses

Horses that are fed on a consistent schedule are less likely to go off their feed or develop undesirable stall habits (vices). Horses that are fed on inconsistent schedules may get hungry and bolt their feed, possibly resulting in digestive disorders. Also, spacing meals evenly throughout the day is healthier for the equine digestive tract.…
Read more

Measure Feed by Weight, not Volume

A 3­-pound coffee can of oats is not the same amount of feed as a 3-pound coffee can of corn! The can may hold 23 pounds of oats and 4­5 pounds of corn. Further, since corn is more calorie-rich than oats, the can of corn may contain 23 times the energy as the can of…
Read more