Elder Care – Feeding the Toothless Horse

Caring for geriatric horses isn’t easy but it is possible. Once chewing hay is no longer possible, we cook each horse 3 – 4 meals per day during cold weather. Each meal consists of finely shredded alfalfa-hay, grain, and water mixed to the consistency of mashed potatoes. In this picture, Shylo who recently lost several teeth, just came in from the field to enjoy his lunch before heading back out to play.

If you are wondering how to best feed your old horse who has trouble chewing hay. Here is a recipe for a tasty mash:

Mix one part, timothy/alfalfa hay pellets with one part warm water. While this mixture soaks. Heat up another part of water and mix it with one part Equine Senior by Purina. Stir the grain and water until the grain particles become soft which will happen very quickly. Then pour the grain over the soaked hay pellets and mix everything. Serve immediately. YUMM

Tip: if your horse needs more calories, add a little bit of vegetable oil to the mash

Shylo is in his stall to enjoy his mash before heading back out for more play time.

Shylo is in his stall to enjoy his mash before heading back out for more play time.

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