senior is more than just a senior feed
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Many horseowners are under the false impression that senior horses require specific nutrients.
Nutritional requirements for adult horses are actually categorized by working or non-working, not by their age. Horse owners should not assume that a horse becomes a senior at some specific age and requires extra nutrition.
I have fed 14-18 year old show horses similar to a 6 year old; ridden horses in the High Sierras that were 18 & 19 years old and packed with mules that were 25-28 years of age.
Then why does Integrity have a product called Adult/Senior?
The nutrition provided by senior and adult pleasure horse feeds are very similar. A formula for senior and adult pleasure horses should contain a modest amount of fat and protein, higher fiber, low or no grains, and vitamins & minerals that are balanced for the required nutrients and soluble fiber. That’s exactly what Integrity Adult/Senior offers.
Take a look at the two columns in the table comparing the similarities of an ideal senior formula and adult pleasure formula. Then review the column of Integrity Adult/Senior that shows how the attributes are near identical to the senior and adult please horse. The protein, fat, energy, and fiber specifications are similar.
Comparison of a Senior & Adult Pleasure Feed relative to Attributes of Integrity Adult/Senior
|Ideal Senior Feed Profile||Ideal Adult Pleasure Horse Feed Profile||Integrity Adult/Senior without molasses|
|Mcal Digestible Energy /lb.||~1.10 – 1.20||~1.20||1.18
|% Crude Protein||12 – 13||12 – 13||13.0
|% Crude Fat||4 – 7||6 – 7||6.5
|% Crude Fiber||15 – 18||12 – 16||16
|% Starch||< 10||< 12||1.6
(very low starch)
|% ESC (Ethanol Soluble Carbohydrate)||< 8||< 8||5.9
|Key Ingredients||Both feeds should contain sources of soluble fiber, fat, protein, yeast culture & probiotics, and balanced vitamins & minerals.||A balanced formula. Soluble fiber sources are beet pulp & soy hulls; fat sources are rice bran & canola oil; protein sources are soybean meal & flaxseed meal; contains yeast culture, probiotics & prebiotic.|
Many horse owners are confused when comparing nutrient summaries. That’s understandable. One senior feed may have 4% fat while another has 10% fat. How do you know which is the right choice?
Well, senior and adult horses do not need a high fat formula. Fat level should be modest (around 6%). If a horse requires more energy, just feed more Integrity Adult/Senior or add Integrity Rice Bran. You can pick some up at a feed store near you.