Senior horses can require special care. We highlight the health concerns of senior horses, including arthritis and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID or Cushing’s) as well as review the special nutritional and dental needs of older horses.
Five important features to consider when shopping for weatherproof equine outerwear. Cold weather is upon us and your first instinct might be to bundle your horse up like a child—in so many layers that he can barely move, with only his eyes visible. Resist that urge! Go instead for a blanketing system that is waterproof, breathable and light, with a rip-stop outer shell (think 1,200-denier, ideally with Teflon™ Shield finish) and at least three insulation options (such as 0 gram, 300 gram and 500 gram) for varying weather conditions.
Arthritis typically begins to appear in middle-aged horses. However, you can take steps to protect your horse's joints throughout his life.
Although it may seem counterintuitive to make a horse work despite his stiff, painful joints, exercise has several benefits.
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 consisten
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