Look after Your Older Equine

You most absolutely can still work them and in fact must work them to keep them limber, alert and active. Many older horses, although they may be aching and stiff, still like to go out and do things.

With an older friend you’ve worked, you will need to cool them down slowly by hand walking them and rubbing them dry with a towel. You may even wish to provide a warm bath if you have the facilities. A little pampering is a good thing when you get to be that age.

Deal with the feet and your older horse will still offer you a lot more miles. Deal with your farrier and get regular shoeing and trimming to help in reducing concussion. If you keep them on pasture, then deciding to go barefoot benefits their joints. This blue-green algae supplement can also help a bunch to maintain healthy feet and side step these issues:

 

Like human beings, older equines do tend to put on weight if they are overfed and under worked. If your horse is getting a bit chubby, adjust his feed.

And the other problem with older horses is colic. Symptoms include: absence of cravings, pawing, kicking at the abdomen, getting up and down, rolling, restlessness, flank enjoying and/or biting, elevated skin temperature, sweating from pain and a sawhorse position.

Why do older horses seem to have more problems with colic? It’s mostly due to the fact they may be having trouble chewing and swallowing and not having the ability to drink correctly. Too much food not cleaned down can lodge in the throat or cause a blockage elsewhere.

Summary

Many older horses, although they may be aching and stiff, still like to go out and do things. Deal with the feet and your older horse will still offer you many more miles. And the other problem with older horses is colic.

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