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Senior Horse Health Care Guide

Senior Horse Health Care Guide

He has stood by you through thick and thin, he has been the one you cried with and the one you won your first blue ribbon on. Now, he still hangs out in your pasture but his friends are a little younger than him and they get most of the attention. You still love him and you plan on keeping him until the end, but what special needs does this aging equine need?

Senior horse is typically one that is twenty years old or older. They often begin needing specialized care around this part of their life, because things simply begin to wear out. Just like humans, things start to not work as well as they once did. Their eyes, teeth, joints, liver, gut and kidneys all begin to lose their functionality. These are the areas of the older horse that you must begin to pay more attention to.

Older horses may have a hard time breathing; they may also have a hard time walking if they are becoming arthritic. Not being able to walk as well means that it is harder to walk to t…