Your favorite senior feed

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  1. palogal

    palogal Senior Member

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    My sweet old man is going to be 23 this coming year and I've decided to put him on senior feed starting this winter. I have access to Safe Choice, Heritage, and Equine Senior at the local feed store. So, of those, what is your fave?
     
  2. Circle C

    Circle C Senior Member

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    Why does it have to be a SR feed? A lot of the feed "types" are marketing schemes. I would compare the labels/ingredient lists and see how different they really are. I just did this with a bunch of brands of dog food.... compared the brands puppy to their adult... guess one... VERY VERY minimal differences.

    Out of those brands, I'd go with Safe Choice special care and add calories with alfalfa pellets . I would stick to pelleted feed bc it's easy to soak if you need to.
     
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    I'm old, I don't do senior feed. We feed a complete feed, give soaked alfalfa cube lunch and add a probiotic and a little rice bran to the complete feed and that does the trick.

    I find it's cheaper than senior feed and I can add or take away rice bran amts, as needed and as the seasons change.
     
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    *High five*
    :rofl:
     
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    palogal Senior Member

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    That sounds great but I'm not home during the day to feed lunch :D My horses eat at @ 7 am and 7 pm.
     
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    So feed it before you go to bed.
     
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    spec Full Member

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    The safe choice is a good one with easily digestible ingredients. I fed it to a 6 year old who had gut issues and it was a good choice for him.
    My 21 year old senior doesn't get feed because he is an EASYYYY keeper. He gets his supplements in a bucket with a miniscule amount of buckeye ration balancer (so he doesn't feel left out when the other horses are eating theirs, of course) and excellent quality free-choice hay. He's still fat but I would imagine adding any type of concentrated calories would be very bad for him weight-wise. "If it ain't broke don't fix it", just because they've hit their senior years, doesn't mean they necessarily need senior feed. :)
     
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  8. palogal

    palogal Senior Member

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    He's been a hard keeper his entire life, he's half thoroughbred. So although he looks pretty good on the feed he gets now, I always put him on alfalfa over the colder months (which isn't really cold as we are in Texas) to keep weight on him. I thought I'd transition him to senior feed since I've had to bump his feed up twice in recent months. I feel like he needs something else.
     
  9. Circle C

    Circle C Senior Member

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    Seriously... look at regular Safe Choice vs Safe Choice Sr.... minute differences lol.... Marketing scheme!! It's pretty much the SAME feed. The differences are THAT minute!

    Original:
    Nutrient Level
    Crude Protein, minimum 14.0%
    Lysine, minimum 0.80%
    Methionine, minimum 0.30%
    Threonine, minimum 0.50%
    Crude Fat, minimum 7.0%
    Crude Fiber, maximum 15.0%
    ADF, maximum 15.0%
    NDF, maximum 34.0%
    Dietary Starch*, maximum 17.0%
    Sugar*, maximum 5.0%
    Calcium, minimum 0.90%
    Calcium, maximum 1.20%
    Phosphorus, minimum 0.7%
    Copper, minimum 50 ppm
    Zinc, minimum 160 ppm
    Selenium, minimum 0.60 ppm
    Vitamin A, minimum 3,000 IU/lb
    Vitamin D, minimum 350 IU/lb
    Vitamin E, minimum 100 IU/lb
    Biotin, minimum 0.45 mg/lb
    Lactobacillus acidophilus, minimum 5.1 MIL CFU/LB
    Lactobacillus casei, minimum 5.1 MIL CFU/LB
    Bifidobacterium thermophilum, minimum 5.1 MIL CFU/LB
    Enterococcus Faecium, minimum 5.1 MIL CFU/LB

    Sr:
    Nutrient Level
    Crude Protein, minimum 14.0%
    Lysine, minimum 0.70%
    Methionine, minimum 0.30%
    Threonine, minimum 0.50%
    Crude Fat, minimum 8.0%
    Crude Fiber, maximum 16.0%
    ADF, maximum 19.0%
    NDF, maximum 34.0%
    Dietary Starch*, maximum 14.0%
    Sugar*, maximum 6.0%
    Calcium, minimum 0.75%
    Calcium, maximum 0.95%
    Phosphorus, minimum 0.65%
    Copper, minimum 40 ppm
    Zinc, minimum 140 ppm
    Selenium, minimum 0.30 ppm
    Vitamin A, minimum 4,500 IU/lb
    Vitamin D, minimum 450 IU/lb
    Vitamin E, minimum 150 IU/lb
    Vitamin C, minimum 75 IU/lb
    Biotin, minimum 0.45 mg/lb
    Lactobacillus acidophilus, minimum 5.1 MIL CFU/LB
    Lactobacillus casei, minimum 5.1 MIL CFU/LB
    Bifidobacterium thermophilum, minimum 5.1 MIL CFU/LB
    Enterococcus Faecium, minimum 5.1 MIL CFU/LB
     
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  10. Alyssa Hughes

    Alyssa Hughes Senior Member+

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    Agreed. :bow:
     

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