Start with the amounts of Equine Senior® horse feed given for the weight and lifestyle of the horse. After observing the horse for a period of time, the amount fed may be gradually increased or decreased to obtain the desired body condition and weight. For feeding directions outside the ranges addressed in these feeding charts, please contact your local Purina retailer or Purina Customer Service at 800-227-8941.
FEEDING WITHOUT FORAGE
* Feeding recommendations are based on average daily requirements. Actual feeding rates may vary due to individual metabolism and progression rate of the aging processes and may need to be gradually adjusted.
Aging horses unable to maintain adequate body condition when being fed the recommended amount of Equine Senior® horse feed should be examined by a veterinarian for potential health issues.
FEEDING WITH FORAGE
Purina® Equine Senior® horse feed is designed to replace all or a portion of the required forage in a horse's diet. If forage replacement is not needed, consider feeding Equine Senior® Active or Strategy Healthy Edge®.
* Make sure your horse is free of dental problems and can effectively chew and utilize forage. If feeding more hay, reduce the amount of Equine Senior® horse feed by 1.0 lb for every additional 1.5 lbs of hay. If feeding less hay, increase the amount of Equine Senior® horse feed by 1.0 lb for every 1.5 lb decrease in hay fed.
** To meet nutrient requirements, do not feed less than 0.6 lbs per 100 lbs of body weight per day. If your horse gains too much weight at that minimum feeding rate, transition to Purina® Enrich Plus® Ration Balancing Feed.A 6 lb meal of Equine Senior® Horse Feed supplies a full serving of Outlast® Supplement.
1. Feeding rates will vary with size, age, temperament, health status, forage quality, climate and activity level. Feed at regular times, at least twice daily. Do not feed more than 0.8 lbs/100lbs of body weight per meal when fed without forage or more than 0.5 lbs/100 lbs of body weight per meal when fed with forage . Do not feed free-choice. Prevent rapid eating by the horse of any feedstuff.
2. Reduce and/or delay feeding a horse which is hot, excited or showing pain, has fever or diarrhea. Consult your veterinarian if any problems arise.
3. Any feed changes should be made gradually over a period of 7 to 10 days. Changes in the rate of feeding should not exceed 1.0 lb per day for each horse.
4. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Provide your horse with access to salt. Consult with your veterinarian regularly and maintain a routine dental, parasite control and health care program for your horse.
For horses sensitive to dietary carbohydrates, please consult with a veterinarian or nutritionist for a recommended diet.