How to take care of my elderly horse

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Horses begin to show signs of ageing from approximately 20 years old onwards.

At their stage in life, they need nutrition suited to their ageing body, able to prevent certain functional disorders.

Preference should be given to rations with a slightly higher protein content as the Royal Horse S-350 flaked feeds containing 13.5% crude protein per kilo) and added vitamin E and selenium so as to prevent muscle atrophy.

Elderly horses are also prone to “sluggish intestines”, hence care should be taken to give them feeds rich in cellulose (17 to 18%) such S 350 (> 17.5% of cellulose per kilo.

We can therefore strengthen their immune defences with specific feeds containing more vitamin C and E, together with beta-carotene.

Rations should not be too rich in starch (cereals) so as to avoid excess fermentation.

Flaked feeds such as S 350, a more appetising flaked presentation which is easier to chew and has a low starch content (17%), should preferably be used.

Elderly horses should have their teeth checked regularly by an equine dentist.

The clay content in the S 350 feed acts as a “protector” in order to ensure healthy digestion and prevent ulcers which frequently occur in elderly horses.

It is also advisable to include feeds which help prevent problems related to brittle bones, by increasing vitamin D and calcium together with cupric chelates to strengthen the joints.

The S 350 feed by Royal Horse is therefore perfectly suited to problems encountered by elderly horses.

Through its calcium and vitamin D content, S 350 also prevents bones from becoming brittle (osteoporosis). It also helps to strengthen the immune system as a result of its selenium, vitamin E, zinc chelate (enhanced uptake) and fatty acid content.

Ask your veterinary surgeon and specialist technician for advice.

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