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Feeding The Veteran Horse - Part Three. Overweight Horses.

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐˜†๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—œ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜†๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—˜๐— ๐—ฆ (๐—˜๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฆ๐˜†๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ) ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฃ๐—ฃ๐—œ๐—— (๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐——๐˜†๐˜€๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป) ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—–๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€.



It is absolutely possible for some of these clinical cases to be underweight, but more often than not weight watching has become the norm for many of them. These horses need to be fed appropriately for their clinical condition, in addition to recognising their age and any additional requirements they may have.


When feeding for these clinical issues a number of the veteran feeds will not be suitable. Many veteran feeds are in a mix format, as they are easier to chew, however the starch in most of these cases is likely to be too high for the EMS or PPID sufferer. What we want to achieve is an ideal body condition score, bringing the horse down to the correct weight safely through a controlled calorie, high fibre and low starch and sugar diet. As such look for fibre based feeds, 10% or lower in starch. Grass will often have to be restricted, and hay ideally soaked to help reduce that sugar content whilst enabling us to feed enough of it. Overall it is a case of managing the diet as a whole which is of course the beauty of seeking someone independent versus just a focus on the hard feed.

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