Updated: Mar 22, 2019
We recently started a few of our horses on the Spillers Senior Super-Mash. We have fed mash for years to our older horses to add a bit more to their diet but not bring their sugar levels up and risk laminitis or joint inflammation. Our oldest boys are Flame who is 30 and Rowan who is 25 and their teeth aren't up to chomping on much. Rowan's gnashers are so worn down that the only form of crunch gets is the Spillers Alfalfa-Pro Fibre! Rowan and Flame have been on the Super-Mash for winter now and are really thriving on it!
Flame really struggles to keep his weight and has been completely retired for about 5 years now because of his arthritis so has muscle wastage too! We tried so many different combinations of feeds and had began to accept that he may look like the before image for the rest of his day. Since being on the Super-Mash, he is looking so much better, we can't even believe it's our old man! It's lovely to see him keeping his weight and looking so well.
Rowan is slightly younger but has other complications, mainly teeth, and he also needs gut support, as Flame does, to absorb his food properly. Fibre is a massive issue for Rowan as, no matter how we give him his hay or haylage, he eats very little. We were very worried about him earlier in the year as nothing we tried helped (including 4 feeds a day) but then we got him on the right balance of Spillers Alfalfa-Pro, Protexin Gut Balancer and, more recently, the Spillers Super-Mash and he's looking so much better! He can be really fussy and used to leave his feed if it was just mash and chaff but he can't eat mix properly so ends up spitting a lot of his feed on the ground and not getting the good stuff! With Alfalfa-Pro, it's enough to keep the feed interesting but the cubes are soft enough that he manages to eat his whole feed! He particularly loves his new apple flavoured Senior Mash and we've managed to up his feed without him getting bored for the first time in ages! Due to his size, Rowan has also been retired for many years but is now learning to bow and having lots of fun doing liberty work!
We have also started our wonderful Flicker, who's 22, and Phoenix, who's 17, on the Super-Mash! They took part in The Great Adventure and made it all the way from John O'Groats to Land's End this summer on Spillers feed and the Spillers Team recognised their amazing achievement by sending us some sample bags, specifically for them! Phoenix and Flicker are enjoying a much easier winter than last year, when we were preparing them on 30km rides each day! These guys are nannying the young or difficult horses we have in and loving life! With the help of Alfalfa-Pro Fibre and, now, the Super-Mash, they both look absolutely fantastic and they love their new feed!