Senior Horse Care

Winter diet check for older horses

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM Winter may still be weeks away, but now is the time to adjust your older horse’s diet to help prepare him for the cold weather ahead. There are two simple ways determine if changes are... READ MORE

New option for treating arthritic pain

by Mick McCluskey, BVSc, MACVSc The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a tablet form of the COX-2 selective firocoxib, sold under the name Equioxx. READ MORE

The type of exercise that benefits arthritic horses

Question: My horse is beginning to develop minor arthritis, but he is prone to laminitis so I know I need to keep him active. What are some good exercises for him that won’t stress... READ MORE

Manage your horse to live longer

by Christine Barakat 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. READ MORE

The Science of Aging

by Heather Smith Thomas Growing old may be inevitable, but age-related infirmities do not have to be. Here are four major areas where researchers are opening new doors to healthier, stronger senior years for horses. READ MORE

Winter prep for older horses

Here are five ways to make sure your aged horses are ready for the cold weather months. READ MORE

Making the Switch to Senior Feeds

When is the best time to begin a specialized feeding regimen for your older horse? These tips can help you determine how to best meet his needs. READ MORE

Winter Care for Arthritic Horses

Here are ways to keep an older horse with creaky joints more comfortable in cold weather. READ MORE

Fight Arthritis at Every Age

by Christine Barakat 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. READ MORE

Spring Health Check for Senior Horses

by the Editors of EQUUS magazine 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. READ MORE

Starting the Older Horse

by Jennifer Williams, PhD Working with an older but still inexperienced horse poses special challenges but also promises unique rewards. READ MORE

BCS: What Body Condition Scores Mean

The Henneke Body Condition Score system provides an accurate, objective measure of the body fat a horse has accumulated. The 9-point scale is relied on by veterinarians, researchers and horse owners to describe the body condition of a horse in a consistent and universal manner. In this EQUUS article from 2006, Don Henneke, PhD, explains how and why he developed the system and how it can most effectively be utilized. READ MORE

Easing Your Horse into Retirement

Putting an old horse "out to pasture" is unnecessary and even unwise. Instead, consider his needs as well as your own and craft a customized retirement plan that keeps him active and content. READ MORE

Protect Your Aging Horse's Respiratory Health

by Christine Barakat If you are as mindful of your aging horse's lungs as you are of his legs, teeth, eyes and other organs, you'll increase the likelihood that he will continue to breathe easily well into old age. READ MORE

Winter Care for Older Horses

Frigid winter weather can be particularly hard on older horses. In this article from the January 2010 issue of EQUUS, David Trachtenberg, DVM, owner of Ledgewood Veterinary Equine Clinic in Ontario, New York, recommends focusing on the two areas of winter management that can have the biggest influence on the health of older horses---feeding and blanketing---to keep them healthy and comfortable throughout the season. READ MORE

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