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Senior Horse Care

If you have an older horse, learn more on senior horse care, senior horse diseases and conditions, and how to care for an older horse. While the official definition of a “geriatric horse” varies, a horse is considered geriatric from the mid-teens on upward. And, it’s estimated that 17 percent of horses in this country are more than 20 years old. Today, the average horse in the United States can expect a longer, healthier life than his ancestors. To keep him living longer, Horse Illustrated finds it important to provide plenty of information on diseases and conditions that older horses face, such as laminitis, Cushing’s Disease or pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), metabolic syndrome, lameness, arthritis, dental disease, hoof care issues, and more. In addition, learn what you can do to help combat some of the problems of old age in your older horse.

Teaching an Older Horse New Tricks

The classified ad read almost like a bad dream: “Unstarted 20-year-old grade palomino gelding for sale. Bought five years ago…

9 months ago

Reversing Time: Seniors Adopting Senior Horses

When she was a girl, Joni Miller would save her lunch money to afford to ride at a local barn.…

9 months ago

The Retiree’s Workout Regimen: How to Exercise Your Senior Horse

The day may come when it’s time to retire your senior horse from riding, perhaps due to arthritis or an…

1 year ago

Senior Horse Care in Winter

The weather outside might be frightful, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try your best to make the winter season…

2 years ago

Vet Adventures: BFFs to the End

In Courtney S. Diehl's Vet Adventures column, she describes the loss of a horse she's written of often and how…

2 years ago

Understanding Equine Cushing’s Disease

Equine Cushing’s disease: many horse owners have heard of it or may have even had a horse with it. Buzz…

2 years ago

Rules to Feed a Horse By

Just like you, your horse needs a balanced diet for good overall health. But your horse’s feed needs are quite…

2 years ago

October 2020 SmartPak SmartTip of the Month: Senior SmartSupplements

Whether you've been partners for years or you're both turning a new page together, you want to give your senior…

2 years ago

Senior Horse Dental Care

Being herbivores, horses rely on eating large amounts of fibrous vegetation throughout the day to keep their digestive systems healthy…

3 years ago

An Equine Adoptable Senior Pet of the Month

  It's Adopt a Senior Pet Month. And to celebrate, we've got a great option for you below, but first,…

3 years ago