Tips for looking after your senior horse
With advances in veterinary medicine, nutrition and health care extending our horses’ lives, owners are being presented with new challenges in caring for the older horse. Horses used to be considered senior above the age of nine; however, this is now classed as a prime age and we would not consider a horse a true senior until he reached his mid to late teens. So, whether your horse is nine or nineteen, with careful planning and continued care you can help him maintain his vitality for many years to come.
Signs of ageing
There are visible physical changes that appear as the horse ages, for example you may start to notice grey hairs appearing around his eyes, ears and muzzle. Muscle tone and structure begin to deteriorate and may become noticeable as topline declines: muscle around the hindquarters may slant and the back can dip. Most of these signs of ageing will not affect the horse but it is wise to keep a regular note of changes in case there are sudden developments which may alert owners to underlying health issues.
Ageing is, of course, a natural, irreversible process but, with the correct nutrition and care, it is possible to minimise its impact on your horse. Here we have pieced together some helpful tips, focusing on the key areas of daily horse care, to keep your horse in tip-top shape during his later life.
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