Senior Horse Care

Aging is a natural process. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Or fun. In horses, as in humans, strength and flexibility diminish. So does the body’s ability to handle stress and infection. Activity can become more difficult and less pleasurable; injury and illness can occur more easily and might be harder to overcome.

In this article by www.thehorse.com many geriatric factors and concerns are addressed in detail providing a solid level of understanding of how to care for your aging equine partner. You’ll learn more about:

  • Why it’s important to establish a baseline
  • Importance of regular checkups
  • Changes in weight and how to address
  • Immunity changes
  • Targeted deworming
  • Comfort measures
  • Proper nutrition

Take-Home Message from thehorse.com

Even the healthiest older horse can’t live forever. But our sources say you’ll give yours the best chance of living comfortably for as long as possible if you keep track of how his body is changing, stay in contact with your veterinarian, and remain alert for signs of ADR: ain’t doin’ right.

“If horses are not their normal selves, that’s when to start looking for what’s going wrong,” Malinowski says. “They always tell you.”
Read the full article from The Horse here