Feeding older horses - Senior and veteran equine nutrition


Feeding advice for seniors and veterans

  • Feed ad-lib forage/forage replacers (at least 1.5% of bodyweight), the best quality you can afford
  • Consistent forage supply supports a healthy digestive system
  • Choose a low-calorie option for good doers
  • Regular access to forage keeps your horse warm, as fermentation in the hind gut produces heat, a top tip for those who drop weight in the colder weather - keep them warm
  • Be sure your horse's diet provides the vitamins, minerals and protein they need for continued daily health
  • Feed prebiotics AND probiotics to help increase the efficiency of nutrient and calorie absorption (both included in Senior and Senior Plus)
  • Include additional oil for added calories if needed, supported by the inclusion of antioxidants, such as Vitamin E from your feed balancer
  • Feed high quality digestible protein for maintaining top line
  • For poorer doers, top-up with super-fibres such as sugar-beet or mashes with generous oil content



  • Weigh tape and body condition score regularly to track and record changes in weight loss or weight gain
  • Check your horse's dentition every 6 months with a Vet or Equine Dentist, as poor dental health can lead to compromised digestion
  • Older horses may need a specialised Senior feed, however we recommend contacting us for feeding advice as all horses are different
  • Exercise can help improve muscle tone, circulation and general well-being. Many older horses can continue work well into their 20's



Why Blue Chip Senior or Senior Plus Feed Balancers?

  • High quality digestible protein, rich in lysine and methionine, the building blocks of protein
  • Prebiotics, probiotics nucleotides and beta glucans for improved digestive health, nutrient and calorie absorption
  • Glucosamine, rosehip extract, MSM, calcium and omega oils for daily joint support
  • Supporting hormonal balance with the inclusion of Chaste tree berry
  • Low in starch and sugar, suitable for those with EMS and PPID (Cushing's Disease)
  • Complete hoof supplement included
  • Unique respiratory supplement included
  • NEW tooth supplement included
  • Skin and coat conditioner, for that famous Blue Chip shine!
  • De-stressor to help ponies and horses feel comfortable, relaxed and happy
  • Fantastic palatability to encourage healthy appetite and tempt fussy feeders
  • As with all our feed balancers, MOLASSES FREE!

Did you know?

Older horses may struggle to chew correctly. Adding water to their feed to form a mash is both tastier and easier for them to eat, limiting the risk of choke and colic.

Blue Chip feed balancers can be fed dry, damp or wet.


FREE expert nutritional advice is always available.
We are happy to chat about your pony or horses individual needs.
Please do get in touch with our friendly team.
Call 0114 266 6200, email info@bluechipfeed.com
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