Feeding and caring for an older horse
Feeding and caring for an older horse may require a bit more effort and attention than caring for a younger horse, but it can be a rewarding experience. Older horses may require special diets to support their changing nutritional needs as they age. They may also need help with grooming, hoof care, dental health, pain management and exercise. Depending on their condition and activity level, your senior horse may benefit from regular visits from the veterinarian and farrier to ensure he is in optimal physical health.
It is important to watch for signs of illness or injury in an older horse and seek veterinary advice when necessary. Signs that could indicate something is wrong include changes in eating habits or sudden weight loss, stiffness or lameness, colic symptoms (abdominal pain), increased sensitivity to touch, or reluctance to move.
It is also important to monitor your senior horse’s behavior and surroundings. Make sure there are no hazards in the pasture or stalls that could cause injury and consider providing appropriate housing, such as a blanket or a stall, during cold weather.
With the right care, nutrition and attention to detail, you can help your senior horse stay healthy and comfortable for years to come!