Due to tooth wear, old horses often have the problem that they cannot chew or grind their fodder efficiently, especially feed that is difficult to digest, which significantly lowers the digestibility of nutrients. Higher digestible feeds, such as early cut hay, soaked hay cobs and dried pulp can be used for horses that are losing their body substance as well as feeds containing high quality proteins (breeding feed, soybean meal, brewer's yeast) as well as vegetable oils. Oats should be crushed for old horses or given as flakes.
Grazing in frosty weather?
Horses that enjoy regular grazing and are used to it can eat frozen grass without any problems. However, horses kept predominantly in stalls and paddocks and breeding horses that otherwise have no access to it should not eat frozen grass, as it can trigger colic under certain conditions.