senior horses cowgirl magazine

As your horse enters their senior years, your number one goal should be to keep them comfortable and happy. They’ve worked hard their whole lives and now it’s time for us to return the favor. Many horses can live well into their 20s and 30s with extra care and attention. You’ll want to check them over daily for unusual behavior and physical problems.

Senior Horse Health Issues

  1. Arthritis from everyday wear, injuries, or poor conformation
  2. Increased risk of impaction colic, which can be from lack of water and chewing troubles
  3. Dental issues
  4. Cushing’s disease
  5. Laminitis
  6. Equine Metabolic Syndrome
  7. Muscle atrophy
  8. Eye problems like moon blindness
  9. Weight loss and other digestive troubles
  10. Changes in their hooves like uneven wear patterns and chipping

Research has suggested that nearly 70% of horses over 20 years old have some sort of health concern. The key is catching it early, so that you can offer proper treatment.