Alright, Megan, you can go ahead and start. Can you hear me now? Are you there, Sarah? Can you guys hear me? I dialed in with my phone because my computer audio was not working, but I’m unsure if I can be heard right now unless Sarah tells me she can hear me. I don’t want to start unless I know I’m heard. Megan, you’re good now? It wasn’t my end, okay? No, I have issues with my computer microphone and I don’t have my little microphone that I usually use, I guess I misplaced it. So I just had to call in with my phone to use that audio. So as long as you can hear me now, we’re good.

I am again sorry. Okay, sorry about that little hiccup there. Um, technology is super fun. But I hope that a lot of you have been on the previous webinars and this one we are going to talk about Feeding senior horses because, as Sarah said, typically all horse owners at some point in their life have a senior horse and they’re definitely special in the way that you approach feeding them and determining what a senior horse actually is. So before we start, I just want to let you know that if you text the word “Purina” to 557682, you can get a $10 off Purina feed coupon, and that is just a link that is sent to you and you click on it and it will ask you a few questions and then a period of coupon will be emailed to you. And if you don’t catch this number right now, I’ll show it again at the end of the presentation.

Understanding the Needs of Senior Horses

As horse owners, it is important to understand that senior horses have different nutritional needs compared to mature horses. Age alone does not determine if a horse is considered a senior. Instead, it is based on their ability to eat and utilize hay effectively. In this article, we will explore the signs of aging in horses, dietary recommendations for senior horses, supplementing hay with hay stretcher, knowing when to introduce senior feed, differentiating between complete feed and concentrate, special promotions and upcoming events related to senior horse nutrition, interpreting feed labels and codes, and locating Purina products and dealers. By understanding these topics, you can provide tailored nutrition for your senior horses to support their overall health and well-being.

Signs of Aging in Horses

As horses age, they may begin to exhibit certain signs and symptoms that indicate their changing nutritional needs. It is important for horse owners to be able to identify these signs and take appropriate action. Some common signs of aging in horses include weight loss, changes in body condition, alterations in eating behaviors, and a dull coat. Weight loss can occur due to dental issues or a decrease in hay consumption. Changes in body condition may involve a loss of muscle mass and a decline in overall body condition score. Alterations in eating behaviors such as dropping feed or spitting out hay can be indications that a horse is struggling with chewing or swallowing. Finally, a dull coat may be a sign of a decline in overall health and vitality.

Dietary Recommendations for Senior Horses

Feeding senior horses a nutritionally balanced diet is crucial for maintaining their health and well-being. Purina’s Equine Senior feed with Active Age prebiotic is specifically designed to meet the needs of senior horses. The Active Age prebiotic supports immune and vaccine responses in aging horses. Complete feeds are also recommended for senior horses who have difficulty chewing and digesting hay. These feeds contain both concentrate and forage, providing essential nutrients in an easily digestible form. A notable feature of Purina’s Equine Senior and Equine Senior Active feeds is their high palatability, making them appealing to even the pickiest eaters.

Supplementing Hay with Hay Stretcher

In some cases, senior horses may have difficulty consuming sufficient amounts of hay. In such situations, supplementing their diet with hay stretcher can be beneficial. Purina offers a hay stretcher product that provides digestible fiber and can be used as a complete feed or to supplement hay. The hay stretcher serves as an alternative source of forage to meet the horse’s dietary requirements. It is important to understand how to properly use hay stretcher as a complete feed or as a hay supplement based on the specific needs of the horse.

Understanding When to Introduce Senior Feed

Determining when to introduce senior feed to a horse’s diet depends on several factors, including the horse’s age and its ability to eat hay. Age alone is not the sole determining factor for transitioning to a senior feed. If a horse is still able to eat hay without any difficulties and maintaining its body condition, a senior feed may not be necessary. However, if a horse is experiencing dental issues or struggling to consume adequate amounts of hay, a complete feed becomes crucial to ensure that the horse receives the necessary forage component of its diet.

Differentiating Between Complete Feed and Concentrate

It is important to understand the difference between a complete feed and a concentrate when considering the nutritional needs of senior horses. A horse’s complete diet consists of both forage and concentrate. Complete feeds are designed to provide all the necessary nutrients, including forage, in a concentrated form. Concentrates, on the other hand, are meant to supplement hay and pasture and are generally lower in fiber. For senior horses with dental issues or difficulty consuming hay, a complete feed becomes essential to ensure they receive the required nutritional support.

Special Promotions and Upcoming Events

Purina offers special promotions and upcoming events related to senior horse nutrition. Horse owners can take advantage of a $10 off coupon for Purina feed by texting “purina” to 557682. This coupon can be redeemed for various Purina feeds and helps horse owners save on their feed purchases. Additionally, Purina conducts the Feed Greatness Challenge, which provides buy one get one coupons to participants. This challenge allows horse owners to try Purina feed for their senior horses and witness the positive impact on their health. Keep an eye out for the introduction of new Purina products and an upcoming webinar set for April 5th, which will provide further education on senior horse nutrition.

Interpreting Feed Labels and Codes

Understanding feed labels and codes is important for horse owners to make informed decisions about their horse’s nutrition. Feed labels contain crucial information about the date and manufacture of the product. The date on the code or tag represents the date it was made, which is essential for determining its freshness and shelf life. Different feeds have varying shelf lives based on factors such as ingredients and manufacturing processes. It is recommended to contact the specific company, such as Purina, for more detailed information on their feed products. Variations in nutritional content can also occur based on the availability of locally sourced ingredients.

Locating Purina Products and Dealers

To ensure easy access to Purina products, it is important to know where they can be purchased. If you are located near Utica, New York, there are multiple dealers who offer Purina products in the area. In addition, Purina feeds are available at Tractor Supply stores, which have numerous locations across the country. The Purina Mills website provides a helpful tool for locating dealers near your area. You can use the “Buy” button on the website to find dealers who carry Purina products. For specific questions and recommendations, Megan, a Purina sales specialist, is available for assistance and farm visits.

Conclusion

Tailored nutrition plays a significant role in supporting the health and well-being of senior horses. By understanding the signs of aging, dietary recommendations, supplement options, and when to introduce senior feed, horse owners can provide targeted nutrition to support their senior horses’ needs. Purina’s Equine Senior feed and Equine Senior Active feed, with the added benefits of Active Age prebiotic, offer high palatability and immune support for senior horses. Special promotions and upcoming events provide opportunities for horse owners to try Purina products and gain further education on senior horse nutrition. Remember, age is just a number, and with the right nutrition, senior horses can continue to thrive and enjoy their golden years.