BY NANCY S.
It’s surprising how fast the years go by. Your horse looks pretty much the same as when he was just a teenager, but upon closer inspection, he’s showing some subtle signs that he is getting longer in the tooth. When asked how old your horse is, you may suddenly realize the number is a bit of a shock. While our horses are living longer due to medical advances and nutritional management, there are still conditions of aged horses that require care and attention.
/ What Kinds of Issues Occur in a Senior Horse? /
A study in 2007 identified gastrointestinal (GI) issues as the predominant prob-
lem of aged horses.
In addition, and because we have better diagnostic tools and the ability to
treat it, more horses are being identified with early stages of endocrine disease,
namely Cushing’s, aka pituitary pars
intermedia dysfunction (PPID).
/ Digestive Concerns /
Based on the high rate of GI and
musculoskeletal problems, preventive
care for the senior horses relies on
good nutrition and a thorough physical
exam by your veterinarian. The goal is
to detect subtle problems early before
they blow out of proportion.
Such wellness checks can be done
twice a year along with your regular
immunizations and other preventive