Care for old friends

Ex­pert ad­vice for own­ers of older horses

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LIKE HU­MANS, a horse’s age can im­pact on his life­style but think about what you mean by old and whether your horse feels the ef­fects of it,” says equine vet Claire Hodg­son. “The equine con­cept of age has shifted as man­age­ment has changed. For ex­am­ple, years ago, peo­ple didn’t bother ad­dress­ing arthri­tis and teeth com­pli­ca­tions un­til a prob­lem cropped up, so there was no main­te­nance, which meant no preven­tion.” These days, a horse isn’t classed as old un­til he’s in his 20s and, if you care for him well and watch for changes in his well-be­ing, he won’t need dras­tic changes in his life­style. Read on for Claire’s ad­vice on look­ing af­ter your golden oldie, start­ing with his diet.

Body scor­ing your horse reg­u­larly will help you keep an eye on his weight Older horses can de­velop den­tal prob­lems, which can make eat­ing more dif­fi­cult

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