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Senior Horse Care

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...
In Oakland, Oregon, the 1,120 acre Duchess Sanctuary is home to 196 horses and donkeys rescued from public lands, slaughter, the pharmaceutical industry, and other horrific situations.Forty-five of the Sanctuary residents are over the age of 20, making them...
iStock/Thinkstock  Winter is frequently considered the hardest season for senior horses to weather. With its harsh temperatures and icy precipitation, horses that already struggle with metabolic issues, adequate caloric intake, and mobility can emerge in the spring somewhat worse for...
 "These horses owe us nothing,” says Nancy Turner, founder and president of This Old Horse, a rescue and sanctuary for unwanted and retired horses. "The mission here is to honor these horses for the work they have done,” she...
There’s no doubt that horses learn a lot from humans. But there are also times when horses clearly learn from each other. Younger horses, in particular, are full of spunk, but older horses are usually around to keep them...

Exercise for Senior Horses

Certainly as humans age, we take it easy. Maybe running marathons is out, but mall walking is in. Or skiing might be off the table but golf might take its place. Remaining active is important as we age, but...
Just like with people, certain diseases and conditions affect horses at different ages. As your horse ages, training your eye for common health issues that could affect him later in life can make preventative care for a senior horse...
As your horse ages, his nutritional needs will change. Providing your senior horse with the right nutrition is key in helping him stay healthy and happy for as long as possible. Horses become less efficient at utilizing feed as...
It's no secret that we love senior horses here on HorseChannel. Some of them are safe, reliable teachers for beginning or nervous riders. Some are a calming presence in the barn. Others inspire us by remaining active and energetic...
As your horse nuzzles you over the fence, you reflect on how long you’ve had him in your life and start counting back through the years. Although time seems to pass so quickly, you realize that your horse is...
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