Managing the Senior Horse

Managing the Senior Horse

One hundred years ago when horses were mainly used for transportation, work and farming very few lived to become senior horses. In fact, the younger the horse was started into work the quicker he wore out. The horse was considered to be in his prime between five and ten years of age back then, and anything older was an old horse.

During those times, if a horse had not been started too young, had not been overworked, and had good health care and proper nutrition throughout its life, it might have lived to be a “very old” horse of 25 to 30 years of age. Now approximately 17% of the horses in the U.S. are estimated to be over 20 years of age. What may have been an old worn-out horse 100 years ago may just be coming into its prime today. Many performance horses are just getting settled into their work by the time they are in their teens.

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Do Horse Calming Supplements Work?

Horse out to pasture

Horse calming supplements help horses who are stressed, nervous, and on-edge feel more at-ease, confident, and focused.

Just like humans and other animals, stress, anxiety, and nervousness can be part of your horse’s personality. Some horses don’t react well to change or simply have a genetic make-up that makes them more sensitive and anxious.

Horse calmers use specialized formulas that can include ingredients such as magnesium, theanine, thiamine, valerian, chamomile, and vervain. These ingredients help support your horse’s nervous system, contributing to a calmer and happier horse.

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What Is The NASC and Why You Should Care!

NASC

Let’s do a little time travel shall we? It is 1997, not particularly significant time travel I know, but bear with me. Grand Meadows has been in business a little over ten years but the market is becoming increasingly flooded with more and more horse supplements in every category. Horse joint supplements are exploding and numbered, back then, over 100, which was a huge change from a few years before when there were 3 joint supplements – Cosequin, Grand Flex and Flex Free. Life was simple back then….

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Fireside Chat Video – Over-Supplementing Your Horse

In our latest episode, Nick discusses over-supplementing your horse. For some time at Grand Meadows we have been concerned about the widespread issue of over-feeding of horse supplements. It’s done with all good intentions. Combine greater nutritional knowledge with an ever expanding and, frankly, overwhelming supply of different horse supplements available in the marketplace.

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Over-Supplementing Your Horse – Part 2

Horse Supplements

Funnily enough I just got off the phone with a trainer crying the blues about her feed room and how crazy her clients are about feeding multiple supplements. So along with numerous other conversations with trainers it is readily apparent that this problem, if anything, is getting worse. Again, as I finished in the last blog, this is not supposed to scare you but to make you more aware of potential pitfalls of feeding multiple supplements, none of which were necessarily designed to be fed together and on that note we will get into the minerals.

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