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Senior horse

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...
  In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions at HorseChannel.com/AskTheVet. Got a question for Dr. Gray? Send it to hc-editor@i5publishing.com and use subject line "Ask the Vet." Q: I have 24-year-old gelding who is...

Forage for Senior Horses

Q: I know senior feeds contain a forage replacer for horses with difficulty chewing and digesting hay, but it doesn't seem like enough. What other forage options are there for the hard-to-keep senior horse? A: Many horses begin to experience...
Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions in our Ask the Vet series. Q: I’ve been doing dressage with my horse for the past four years and we’ve been progressing slowly but steadily up the levels. She is now 19...
  Q: What is the best way to exercise my 27-year-old mare with arthritis? I spend most of my time riding my younger horse, but my mare needs exercise too. A: Any horse with arthritis benefits from the ability to...
There are a multitude of options available to ease the ache of equine arthritis—even more than there were just a few years ago. While there may be a plethora of prescription arthritis products available in your first-aid kit, there...
There’s an old adage among longtime horse owners: Eventually all horses go lame. Fortunately, most lamenesses are short-lived, and the horse recovers. But what are your options when your horse becomes permanently unsound? Whether a chronic condition has advanced...
  Senior horses are the most challenging to care for during the winter months. Generally, poor dentition is the reason for weight loss that so commonly plagues this age group year-round, with cold weather increasing a caloric deficit. Worn and...
  Q: I know senior feeds contain a forage replacer for horses with difficulty chewing and digesting hay, but it doesn't seem enough. What other forage options are there for the hard to keep senior horse? A: You are definitely on...
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