Prices are subject to change due to market!

Winter Care for Senior Horses

A little extra watchfulness will help keep your old guy healthy and happy throughout the winter. Here are some of our winter-care tips for senior horses.

Tips for older horses in winter

Your senior horse needs extra TLC in cold weather. Give him plenty of forage—such as hay—because it creates inner warmth as it’s metabolized. A good senior feed may be helpful, too, as a little extra weight can also help your oldster stay warm. Make sure he has adequate shelter, and if he’s wearing a blanket, check it often for rubs. Seniors often have weaker immune systems, so make sure yours is properly vaccinated, especially against flu. Exercise—such as gentle riding or hand walking—can boost health and help prevent or alleviate stiffness.

Grooming - Watch especially for top line changes, skin problems, small wounds, foot issues.

Weight loss - A weight tape is an easy way to check for incremental weight loss over the winter.

Water source - Water should be fresh, plentiful, and of a temperature your horse finds drinkable.

Critical Temperatures - “Critical temperature” is the temp below which your horse must produce additional heat to maintain his normal body temperature. Seniors have a higher cut-off than mature horses do, so it’s even more important for them to have plenty of heat-generating feed when temperatures drop.  Source: Purina Animal Nutrition

Source Credit:  https://horseandrider.com/horse-health-care/winter-care-for-senior-horses

 





Also in Hillsboro Feed Blog

Animal Feed is the Key to a Non-GMO Future

If you eat dairy, eggs, meat, or other animal products, choosing items that are Non-GMO Project Verified is the single biggest way you can help protect a non-GMO future. That’s because the majority of genetically engineered crop acres in the United States are used for animal feed, and the Non-GMO Project is the only seal in the marketplace that requires ongoing GMO testing of feed.
The Importance of Chicken Feed

Chicken feed may not be something you give a great deal of thought to – you go buy a bag for your hens and that’s it.
The Risks of Too Much Protein

The mantra of many chicken owners is “protein is king.” While in some situations this is not wrong, many times animals are over-fed protein or given the wrong amino acid balance.