We have 8 horses. Two of them are 23 years old, they are thoroughbreds. One mare is coming 19, a highly competitive, very fast appendix mare. One 11 year old paint gelding, also very competitive. He tends to lose weight quickly if he is stressed in any way.
We also have a yearling buckskin QH filly. A 10 year old Arab mare, a 12 year old palomino, QH mare and a 3/4 TB, welsh pony cross, pony.
The easy keepers are the Arab, Palomino, Pony and Yearling filly. The rest due to being lean, mean runnin machines, and older horses dont keep the weight on as easily.
So what to do? This is how we do it. The older and competitive horses get extra herbs such as a Garlic n Roses for immune, circulation, anti aging properties, with a tumeric blend like Free Flowin, for anti arthritic, digestion, anti oxidant properties.
We give whole grains, non molasses, when it is really cold out. Some of the horses needed their teeth floated, of course that is a big help. There is no real secret to keeping horses healthy. Feed them well if they arnt easy keepers, supplement as needed for the old or infirm, make sure the healthy ones, stay healthy and have access to quality food and water. We find a base formula, like Thumper, which has a slippery elm blend keeps the gut buffered, B vitamins and iron for the older or poor doers is sometimes essential.
Keeping them on the same herb formula indefinitely is not recommended. The body changes, the conditions change and it is good when giving herbs to do it 6 days a week. Every 3-4 months, changing the formulas to somthing else that may be needed for the body, or going without any supplements, just relying on good nutrition from the food is also important. Constantly over the 4 seasons we change it up. After all, variety is literally the spice of life!!