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Nutrena SafeChoice Senior Horse Feed, 50 lb.

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A high-fat, controlled starch, complete feed to meet the unique needs of senior horses. Your horse has always given you its best. And with Nutrena SafeChoice Senior, you can do the same in return. This proprietary formula is enriched with added amino acids for muscle maintenance, highly digestible fiber and organic trace mineral complexes that help improve and maintain body condition. It meets all the unique nutritional requirements of your older horse. And SafeChoice Senior is a multiform horse feed specially designed to be highly digestible and highly palatable. Just what your old friend needs.

  • Exclusive Nutri-Bloom Advantage increases fiber digestion up to 15% for better health and bloom
  • Balanced Omega-3 and -6 fatty acid levels from select vegetable sources to help reduce the effects of inflammation
  • Highly digestible fiber sources for feeding as a sole ration without hay or pasture
  • Increased fat level for the extra energy older horses need
  • Ideal for rehabilitating neglected or malnourished horses
  • Controlled starch design helps reduce the risk of metabolic disorders
  • Highly palatable formula in pellet form for optimal feed consumption
  • Enhanced with antioxidants, including selenium, vitamin C and vitamin E, to support the immune system and helps minimize the effects of stress
  • Guaranteed levels of biotin to support hair coat and hoof development
  • May be soaked with warm water to form QuickMash in just 3 minutes

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein 14.0%
Crude Fat 8.0%
Lysine 0.7%
Methionine 0.3%
Threonine (min.) 0.5%
Crude Fiber (max.) 16.0%
Calcium. 0.75 to .95%
Phosphorus 0.65%
Copper 40 PPM
Selenium 0.3 PPM
Vitamin A 4,500 IU/lb.
Vitamin D3 450 IU/lb.
Vitamin E 150 IU/lb.
Biotin 0.45 MG/lb.

Feeding Instruction:

Daily Feeding Table (When Fed with Hay or Pasture):
800 lb.: 4 lb. to 6 lb. per day (Light Work: 6 lb. to 8 lb.)
1,000 lb.: 5 lb. to 7 lb. (Light Work: 7 lb. to 10 lb.)
1,200 lb.: 6 lb. to 8 lb. (Light Work: 8 lb. to 12 lb.)

Daily Feeding Table (When Fed without Hay or Pasture):
800 lb.: 10 lb. to 12 lb. per day (Light Work: 12 lb. to 14 lb.)
1,000 lb.: 12 lb. to 14 lb. (Light Work: 14 lb. to 16 lb.)
1,200 lb.: 14 lb. to 16 lb. (Light Work: 16 lb. to 18 lb.)

Sole ration feed at 1.25% to 1.5% BW.
With free choice hay or pasture, feed at 0.5% to 0.75% BW.
Sole ration feed at 1.5% to 1.75% BW.
With free choice hay or pasture, feed at 0.75% to 1.00% BW.

Specification Description
Package Size: 50 lb.
Brand: Nutrena SafeChoice
Shop By: Bulk Discount
Animal Type: Horse
Life Stage: Senior
Manufacturer Part Number 94511
Nutrena SafeChoice Senior Horse Feed, 50 lb. is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 2174.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nutrena Senior is excellent for my 30+ year old I've been feeding Nutrena Senior feed to my 30+ year old gelding for over a year. He is keeping weight on and is very healthy. His coat and feet are in excellent shape and he has a sheen to his coat that he's never had on other feeds.
Date published: 2019-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from horses love it we had a senior gelding that needed weight built up. he loves the senior feed and "yells" at me to hurry up. hes put the weight on nicely and we know hes getting the nutrients he needs.
Date published: 2019-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this feed! I feed this to my 22 year old gelding who has Cushings. He is on the daily Cushings medication but along with hay, the Safechoice senior has helped him maintain beautiful body condition. He's even got a shiny coat and his weight is stable.
Date published: 2019-09-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrific Ingredient Changes I use to love this product for my Senior Percheron! Checked the ingredient label this week and I couldn’t believe what I was reading!!! 2nd ingredient -molasses then corn in 4 different forms. Nothing “safe” about that formula and I don’t care how you “scientifically” brew that into a pellet to get the guaranteed numbers! So disappointed because I was ecstatic to put my guy back on SC Senior due to barn changes but i can buy non brand name food with much better ingredients for a much better price!
Date published: 2019-09-11
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What are the ingredients of your senior feed?

Asked by: merpsy
Hello, Thank you for the question! While the ingredient list might vary slightly depending on which specific feed mill your product was made at, here is a list of ingredients we typically use in SafeChoice Senior: Wheat Middlings, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Corn Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles, Ground Corn, Soybean Hulls, Cane Molasses, Rice Bran, Rice Hulls, Soybean Oil, Salt, Cooked Corn Flour, Calcium Carbonate, Propionic Acid (a preservative), Natural and Artificial Flavors Added, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Sunflower Meal, Ground Flax Seed, Iron Oxide, L-Lysine, Yeast Culture, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate, L-Threonine, DL- Methionine, Magnesium Oxide, Zinc Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Selenium Yeast, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Cobalt Carbonate, Calcium Iodate, Ferrous Carbonate, Basic Copper Chloride, Zinc Methionine Complex, Copper Lysine Complex, Manganese Methionine Complex, Cobalt Glucoheptonate, Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Bifidobacterium thermophilum Fermentation Product, Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product Dehydrated, BHA (a preservative), Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Ascorbic Acid, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium thermophilum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product. Please check the tag attached to the bag at your specific Tractor Supply store to see your local details.
Answered by: Nutrena Product Expert
Date published: 2019-04-24

27 yo gelding who is a esy keeper. past winter he lost a lot of weight, muscle in topline.topline score is a D. I ride him 3 times a week. He is fed 4 qts of producer pride horse sweet feed and 2 oz of Cool Calories daily. Will nutrena help his topline?

Asked by: Mustangirl6
Hello, Thanks for the question. Yes, you would definitely see an improvement in topline, as well as overall condition and muscling, if you were to switch to the SafeChoice Senior horse feed. The amino acid profile, as well as overall levels of vitamins and minerals, will be substantially better and help him in his senior years. If you know his weight, you can use the feeding rate calculator found on the product page ( to determine how much to feed him. We do recommend weighing the feed in your scoop to ensure he is receiving the correct amount, for reference though the SafeChoice Senior weighs just under one pound per quart.
Answered by: Nutrena Product Expert
Date published: 2019-04-08

My 27 yo Standardbred gets enteroliths on 65% alfalfa cubes. poor teeth so wet food (No hay).  Currently on straight Timothy pellets, plus 1.5 lbs/day nutrena Boost. His weight is good. Would I be able to feed N. Senior and stop the Boost? 

Asked by: Barngal
Hello, Thank you for the question! Because you are only feeding a small amount per day, we would actually recommend the Empower Topline Balance, with enough of the Empower Boost to maintain body condition. It is specifically designed to be fed at a very small amount and deliver the correct amount of protein, vitamins, and minerals your horse needs for proper topline condition and overall health (and it also has no alfalfa in it). The SafeChoice Senior is designed to be fed at a higher rate (typically 5-9 lbs per day) so if you were planning to continue at around 1.5 lbs per day, it would not provide the full nutritional profile you would want - however you could feed the recommended amount of Senior and reduce some of your timothy pellets.
Answered by: Nutrena Product Expert
Date published: 2019-07-30

Is the best feed choice for older mares with PPID and laminitic problems? Very easy keepers on good pasture and little exercise.

Asked by: Esibella
For older mares with PPID (Cushings) and Laminitis that aren’t needing calories, we would recommend feeding 1-2lbs/day of Empower Balance for a 1,000lb mare.
Answered by: DanielB
Date published: 2017-02-20

I read that a senior feed would be good for thin/malnourished rescue horses. I have a 4 year old ottb that needs to put weight on. Would this feed be the best option? 

Asked by: Ae617
Hello, Thanks for the question. Senior feeds are excellent for helping malnourished rescue horses, yes - in large part because of their easy digestibility and high fiber content. For your OTTB, assuming he hasn't been malnourished and is just on the thin side, you can either use SafeChoice Senior, or we would also recommend a higher fat/calorie product such as SafeChoice Perform or SafeChoice Original. To help put weight on, feed according to the directions for one activity level higher than he is actually at - so if he's in light work, feed for moderate work - so that he is taking in more calories than he is burning. Do this until he reaches the body condition you want him in, and then you can back down the feeding rate gradually until you find the amount where he sustains appropriate body condition. Also keep in mind, OTTB's are notorious for needing a lot of calories to stay fit!
Answered by: Nutrena Product Expert
Date published: 2019-07-16

I just bought your nutrena empower top line balance because some people at my stable highly recommend it for his top line.  Will this help with with weight gain ?  He’s 18 and could use a little weight.  Also could I use half regular feed and half Nutrena

Asked by: Shevy
Hello, Thank you for the question! The Empower Topline Balance will provide some additional calories, so if you are adding it to what your horse is already receiving, it may contribute to body condition, however that is not what it is designed for and won't add weight quickly. However, the addition of muscling may help him be closer to the overall condition you are seeking. We would suggest trying it for 60-90 days and see how he does. If he needs additional weight still, you could either increase the total amount of his normal ration that he receives, or depending on the calorie / fat content of what you refer to as the "regular feed", if it is lower in calories/fat than the Nutrena you are feeding, you could adjust that to be more Nutrena and less of the "regular" to increase the calories without increasing the total amount fed. Hope this helps!
Answered by: Nutrena Product Expert
Date published: 2019-04-08

Is this product good for a horse that is hypp positive my horse can I have too much protein

Asked by: Denise1
Hello, Thank you for the question. We would not recommend the SafeChoice Senior for a horse with HYPP, as it contains too much potassium. HYPP horses need low potassium diets (less than 1% potassium in total diet including hay + grain). Protein is not really a factor to watch for them. SafeChoice Original (not the Senior feed) can be a good choice if the horse is N/H and doesn’t have many episodes, or is on acetazolamide under the supervision of a vet.
Answered by: Nutrena Product Expert
Date published: 2019-09-09

I have a 20 year old pony that has cushings and COPD. She is about 300lbs and has been losing weight. I would like to feed this as a sole ration since hay flares her COPD. Would you recommend this product for her

Asked by: blindpony
Hello, Great question. Yes, this would definitely be the product to use for her. At 300 lbs, with no hay, her daily feeding rate should be between 4 and 5 lbs. You could also offer soaked alfalfa cubes if available and she has good teeth to chew with - just be careful to watch her weight.
Answered by: Nutrena Product Expert
Date published: 2019-10-10

After reading the reviews I am totally worried! My Haflinger gelding, 24, has had laminitis. He is dry lotted & given of grass hay AM/PM. I started him on oats & Strategy this winter to gain weight, switched to this but will it flare up laminits?

Asked by: Moeman
Hello, Thanks for the question. The most common cause of founder/laminitis is from grass pasture which is high in fructans (sugar) and SafeChoice Senior has less than 1% in fructans. Horses allowed to overeat on lush grass pasture are at higher risk for founder/laminitis, and unfortunately, from the reviews, we do not have all the facts about the horse's diets. SafeChoice Senior is a great choice for horses with metabolic issues (including founder/laminitis) as it has lower overall controlled starch/sugar levels.
Answered by: Nutrena Product Expert
Date published: 2018-07-11


Asked by: HOOFS
The fat percentage in Nutrena SafeChoice Senior Horse Feed is 8%.
Answered by: BrittanyH
Date published: 2017-05-18

Hi - I have a 25 yo Appendix gelding with Cushings. I am very carefully to give him a feed with a low NSC ratio. I do not see the sugar and starch percentages listed on the label, even though they are listed on the SafeChoice Special label. What are they?

Asked by: ShyTwinkle
Hello, Thanks for the question. The SafeChoice Senior horse feed has guaranteed maximum levels of 14% dietary starch and 6% sugar. All of the SafeChoice horse feeds have those two nutrients listed on their tags, and you can also find them all here: Thank you!
Answered by: Nutrena Product Expert
Date published: 2019-09-11

Is this the Safe Choice Senior Wet or Dry? I ask because the dry version doesn't have molasses and is easier to store during the summer heat. I understand that some vendors do not sell the dry .

Asked by: Maruca
It does contain molasses and is considered "wet".
Answered by: DanielB
Date published: 2019-04-27
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