Horses, just like other domesticated animals and like us humans, are living longer. Not only their lifespan is increasing but also it is not uncommon for senior horses to enjoy productive lives well into their 20s.
Caring for a horse is a daily responsibility and all horses require basic routine care. As they age their needs change and additional care may be required to keep them as healthy as possible.
The most important areas to consider when caring for an older horse are:
An adequate diet must also take in consideration other factors such as your horse's physical condition, teeth problems and any possible occurring diseases such asliver or kidney disease, or Equine Cushings Syndrome. It may be necessary to feed them a specialist diet.
Being underweight is common in older horses and many horse owners accept this as being normal. However, being underweight is not normal and it is often due to a combination of problems (inadequate diet, dental issues, parasites, metabolic changes, etc.).
Please remember that sudden changes in your horse's feeding habits can disrupt its digestive system. All changes should be introduced gradually.
Proper care and good management will allow your senior horse to live a long, healthy, productive and very happy life!
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