Senior Horse Care

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Manage your horse to live longer

How you care for your horse today— whether he is 2, 7, 15 or anywhere in between— can have a significant impact on his health when he reaches old age. Here are the five essentials for longevity.

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How Much Exercise for a Senior Horse?

A rider wonders how much exercise her senior horse should be getting.

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TLC for the Senior Horse: 8 Essential Steps

This award-winning article was a top choice by the judges at the American Horse Publications annual awards this year.

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Aging Gracefully

Horses are living longer than ever before. Learn what your equine senior citizen needs to enjoy his golden years.

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Fight Arthritis at Every Age

Arthritis typically begins to appear in middle-aged horses. However, there are steps you can take to protect your horse's joints throughout his life.

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Spring Health Check for Senior Horses

Now that winter is behind us, spring is a great time to do a quick evaluation to ensure your senior horse is healthy and happy.

An older horse's personality is already defined which can make training easier. ©Photo © EQUUS

Starting the Older Horse

Working with an older but still inexperienced horse poses special challenges but also promises unique rewards.

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Long in the Tooth

Learn about three dental issues older horses develop that require special care and attention.

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Health Issues for Older Horses

Our veterinary expert offers some ideas about how to manage three common health issues for older horses.

EquiSearch's Ask the Vet: Equine Dementia

In this edition of EquiSearch.com's Ask the Vet, Dr. Joyce Harman explains how to provide hospice care for senior horses who display signs of dementia or confusion.

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Help Your Horse Age Gracefully

Thanks to advances in management and veterinary care, our horses are living longer than ever before. Learn what your senior citizen needs to enjoy his golden years.

Horses that are regularly stalled may be at higher risk for developing heaves than horses kept on pasture. | Photo by Darrell Dodds

Your Senior Horse and Heaves

If you've got an aging horse, he may be at risk for heaves, a respiratory disease that makes it hard for him to breathe. Make note of the signs and symptoms of heaves so that you can contact your vet for diagnosis and treatment.

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Feeding Older and Younger Horses

Feeding Older and Younger Horses - differences in their nutritional needs.

The Wonder Years

Our equine friends are part of our families, and it's tough to let one go when it's time. Here, one tried and true buckskin pony says good-bye to the family he loved and trained for many years.

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Reducing Laminitis Risks for Senior Horses

You can take several steps to minimize the risk of laminitis for your aging horse.