Purina Mills New Senior Horse Tales Contest Announced

If your horse could use a free ton of Purina Mills Senior Horse Feed, then you will want to enter this year's Purina Equine Senior essay and/or photo contests. Held yearly, the contest has several awards in four different categories: Oldest Horse Contest, Oldest Pony Contest, Essay Contest (General) and Photo Contest.

Recommended topics for 300-word essay submissions include funny, emotional, remarkable or comeback stories about your senior horse or pony. It would be advantageous if your horse or pony is a consumer of Purina Mills Equine Senior Horse Feed and you can include how the Horse Feed played a role in your horse's good health or aging. Include the age of the horse, which may be verified by a licensed veterinarian, if your essay is a potential winner.

There will be seven1st place essay contest winners, one from each region of the country (see rules), and a Grand Prize winner will be selected from that group. First prize winner will receive 20 50-pound bags of Purina Mills Senior Horse Feed.

The Oldest Horse and Oldest Pony prizes will be awarded to the oldest entries in those categories and receive one ton of Horse Feed.

Photographs for the Photo Contest may not be taken by anyone whose primary occupation is that of photographer. Submissions must be un-doctored and current, ones that clearly show your horse's coat and body condition.

October 1, 2009 is the entry deadline. Find the complete official rules of the Purina Mills Senior Horse Tales Contest and visit some entries from prior years.

That's the buzz for today!



Mar 14, 2009
by Anonymous

Sweet 16

My horse, Rivendell's Mr. Bubbles, a connemara x, is 16 years old, but his age is definitely not a hiderage but an asset. Bubba and I just started eventing this year. He's been my constant companion and show horse for the past three years. We've done hunters, gone trail riding, competed on the 'a' circuit in children's jumpers, and even worked cows together. You can say he's the all-around horse. At the age of 16 most horses would start to slow down in their show careers or begin to show signs of their age, but Bubba is just coming to his prime. His eccentric habits and funny personality make him a joy to work with. His love of jumping and to be ridden in general is easy to see. His alert ears and swishing tail portray his natural enjoyment of all things going on around him. During our hacks, he loves breezing and finding new trails. Everyone who meets Bubba absolutely adores him. Besides his great name, Rivendell's Mr. Bubbles, he entertains people with his loving always-eager personality. Our plans in the future are to join Young Riders, get ready for training level by the end of this year, and start Prelim in the future. Owning Bubba has been a total treat. He is very wise and able to teach me so much, while also taking care of me whether in the dressage or jumper ring or out on a cross-country course. Two years ago, I found lumps on Bubba's neck. Quite worried my family and I contacted our vet, who took blood samples. They turned out to be tumors. These tumors are called grey-horse melanomas, very common with the older grey horse. My family and I became very worried for Bubba's health. Although, not harming him now, future enlargement of the tumors could cause pain or impairment of breathing. Fortunately for us, our wonderful vet prescribed a medication which he has been on for the past two years. Still today, you can see the tumors, but we are now very comfortable with the feeling that Bubba is going to be ok, and God has blessed us to allow Bubba and me to still compete and play as much as ever. Unlike the normal bossy or lazy older horse, Rivendell's Mr. Bubbles proves to be an exact opposite. We don't know what you think, but this is just Bubba's sweet sixteen.