Senior Horse is Better with Age

Senior Horse is Better with Age - Fort Smith, AR

Feb 28 2022 by Shelby Hicks

Pony is 23 years old this year and I’ve been running him for going on 6 years. Some of the many accomplishments he has had in these last 6 years in barrel racing are two-time CPRA top 5, two-time NIRA Central Plains Region top 10, American Semifinals qualifier, three-time CRRA top 5, CRRA reserve champion, CRRA horse of the year, two-time ARA reserve champion, two-time ACRA top 15, along with multiple 1D wins and new arena records.

When I first got Pony, I struggled a lot with his gut health. He was ulcer prone and very sensitive to environmental changes making hauling and rodeoing difficult on him and me both. He would go a whole weekend with only eating maybe one flake of hay and never touching his grain. This was stressful not only for him but for me also. Once I started Pony on Chaffhaye alfalfa everything turned around. He was eating better, looking healthier, and performing better but most importantly he was a happier horse! I feed Pony free choice Chaffhaye alfalfa allowing him to eat at his own pace and as his gut needs it to keep it calm and happy. A huge thank you to Chaffhaye for being one of the many key elements of Pony’s success!

Shelby HIcks & Pony
Riverside Equine Fitness & Conditioning


InformationA Perfect Feed for Equine Athletes and Senior Horses

Pony is a champion barrel horse at 23 years of age! Ask Shelby Hicks what keeps Pony in tip-top shape, and she’ll tell you that Chaffhaye plays a big part in keeping him healthy, happy, and in peak condition. Chaffhaye is premium cultured alfalfa that is great for equine athletes, senior horses, and everything in-between. Because we preserve the natural plant juice and probiotics of the forage, it’s the closest product you can buy to fresh, organic pasture.

A comparison of Chaffhaye and alfalfa hay on digestibility and glucose metabolism in mature, stock type horses

Ashley Hansen, MS - New Mexico State University

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