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Senior Horse Care

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Manage your horse to live longer

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.

Even when a horse is no longer being ridden, he requires regular, attentive care.

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.

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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

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Chat Transcript - Dr. Karen Hayes

Equisearch chatters gained much new insight about their senior horses in this live chat with Dr. Karen Hayes, co-author of "Hands-On Senior Horse Care."

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The Companion Horse

Can't keep your senior horse at home, but don't want to give him up? Find him a new home as companion horse.

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Eye Problems in Senior Horses

Total blindness is rarely seen in horses but age-related immune changes may increase your senior horse's susceptibility to eye problems.

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Should You Retire Your Horse?

Is your senior horse telling you it's time to retire? This excerpt from the book Hands-On Senior Horse Care gives you some signs to look for.

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Retirement Setup Choices for Horses

When you can't care for your retired horse yourself, investigate your options with all the rigor you'd use to select a boarding stable for your most valuable stock.