I'm looking for a complete senior feed to give to my aged horse.
I've used Purina Equine Senior in the past, with decent results.
The barn I'm at now, offers Triple Crown Senior and Purina Equine Senior.
Horse is 17 yrs. old and a hard keeper, not a big hay eater and has loads of energy.
Just wondering which feed to go with, is one better then the other? Thanks.
Triple Crown, definitely! Purina does not have a "fixed formula," so they can change around the recipe as long as the nutritional analysis stays the same. Triple Crown does have a fixed formula, so it is a consistent recipe. Their Senior formula is a great low-NSC high-fat feed (I fed it to a non-senior horse recently, and hey really bloomed on it).
My trainer gave it to her lesson horses after having minimal results with purina senior and it yielded good results.
I also give the complete formula to my 7 year old appendix. He keeps a wonderful weight on 6 pounds of feed a day and a 5 day a week workload. It was the only food I could give him that would produce a result in his weight. He was ribby and horrible before TC.
I too am a TC fan. My harder keepers are on the senior and the others get the lite. My newly diagnosed IR/cushings pony gets the lite as well.
But what drives me crazy is that my VET endorses Purina. He's suggested several times that I change over, although all horses are in good weight with lovely coats and nice feet. Only exception is the pony due to his recent diagnosis.
Also, the horsepital I used to work in fed Triple Crown. I only add this as a shred of evidence that Crazy Gray Horse's vet's endorsement of Purina is not universal (or, in my experience, even widespread) across the world of equine medicine.