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Senior Horse Care

Some horses can be ridden throughout their entire adult lives. Others may have an injury or other issue that makes them unrideable in their later years. Most horses will eventually need to have a scaled-back work schedule as they...
Arthritis in horses is a concern of horse owners. The health of a horse’s joints is pivotal for not only his athletic career but also for his quality of life. For these reasons, osteoarthritis—also referred to as degenerative joint...
Read the Vet Adventures article more to learn from a veterinarian about saving a horse named Easter during a miraculous recovery from choking. Readers may remember an earlier column about “March” and his owner, “Linnea” (The Last Straw, August...
It’s estimated that 17 percent of horses in this country are over 20 years old. Today, the average horse in the United States can expect a longer, healthier life than his ancestors. There are multiple reasons for this increased...
Q: The vet was just out to look at my 20-year-old horse, who’s become difficult to bridle, picks at his food, and won’t even take carrots from my hand anymore. I kinda figured it was a mouth problem, but...
I've been thinking a lot lately about the role I play in my horse's life. I've been his only rider for more than a decade and his sole caretaker since I switched to self-care board seven years ago. He's...
By Henrietta Coole, Equine GuelphWith winter around the corner, now is the time for a dental check-up and nutritional status assessment, especially for older horses. Compared to spring and summer, horses burn significantly more calories through fall and winter...
Senior horses really are the champions of their species. These are the mounts that are the bombproof schoolmasters helping shape riders into becoming true equestrians, and the gentle old souls who have kindled the flame of many lifelong lovers...
 Cushing’s disease is a complex and yet relatively common condition in horses. While it does require medical intervention, this disease is not a death sentence, and horses with Cushing’s disease can continue leading a happy, productive life long after...
Q: What are some signs that your horse needs to retire? What type of lifestyle can you create for a retired horse if you don't have grass pastures?A: Good for you for recognizing that equine retirement isn’t about an...
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