Medical Challenges for Senior Horses
Like humans, horses have a range of nutritional challenges as they age. Senior Wellbeing+ strives to meet those challenges - medical issues that can NOT simply be met with a balancer.
Gut function in older horses is less efficient so absorption of nutrients is compromised. Senior Wellbeing+ contains probiotics and prebiotics so that vitamins, minerals and micronutrients are absorbed efficiently. Senior Wellbeing+ contains saccharomyces cerevisiae and fenugreek, two leading ingredients for equine gut health. Senior horses on Senior Wellbeing+ will have better absorption of nutrients and therefore the risk for colic will also be reduced.
Older horses also struggle from joint pain and inflammation. Senior Wellbeing+ uses two cutting edge ingredients, Rosehip and MSM to address these problems. You will notice that we DO NOT use glucosamine or chondroitin. Both glucosamine and chondroitin are derived from shellfish which is not in the natural spectrum of the horses’ diet. Such ingredients pose absorption questions and also present as potential allergens. Rosehip is a natural food choice for horses and is easily absorbed and high in Vitamin C. MSM is plant derived and extremely well documented as an effective agent to combat equine arthritis. In fact recent research on Rosehip and MSM shows that the anti-inflammatory properties outperform glucosamine and chondroitin in terms of the speed of results. They are an effective and healthy choice for long-term use for horses with chronic arthritis.
Many older horses lose muscle and topline and struggle to keep condition. This can be difficult to combat because as horses get older, their protein needs increase. Despite this, many senior feeds are actually lower in protein (around 10%) and this only adds to the problem. Senior Wellbeing+ contains all the essential amino acids which will help your senior horse to meet his protein needs so he can maintain muscle and condition, even as he ages.
Finally, older horses frequently have decreased liver function. To help with this, Senior Wellbeing+ provides a strong profile of B vitamins and vitamin C which support liver health and function.
Senior Wellbeing+ is the ideal choice for an aging horse so that he can be happy, pain free and maintain healthy condition.
Do you have a specific nutrition-related question? Feel free to ask our nutritionist and, if the question is medical, we will refer the query to our consulting veterinarian.
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