Concerns for senior horse owners
When evaluating older horses, remember:
Many older horses simply carry their weight in their lower abdomen as gravity and age pull it from around their topline. So while it appears as though the horse has lost weight, in fact the location of the weight has simply shifted. Always take a horse’s age into consideration when evaluating their body condition and remember to evaluate the entire body. If you have an older horse that is facing a specific health issue, be sure to work with your veterinarian to develop a diet that meets your horse’s special needs.
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Dealing With Arthritis in Senior Horses
Over the past couple of decades improved management, nutrition, and veterinary care have contributed to increase longevity in today’s horse population. It is not unusual to hear of horses living well into their thirties. As horses age, the wear and tear of a lifetime of activity takes its toll on joints, leading to the development of arthritis. While there is no cure for arthritis, there are ways we can keep older horses more comfortable. Read full article.
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