Keep him mov­ing

Your Horse (UK) - - Horse Care -

As we get older, we strug­gle with mov­ing around and your horse is ex­actly the same. But just be­cause your horse is slow­ing down, doesn’t mean he can’t have fun. He may not be on the com­pe­ti­tion cir­cuit, or up for long en­durance es­capades, but you should still be do­ing things with him (pro­vid­ing he’s happy do­ing them, of course). “When it comes to ex­er­cise, watch for a change in your horse’s at­ti­tude,” says Claire. “Does he still want to go out? Does he come back like he used to? Is he strug­gling on one rein and not the other? Are his tran­si­tions as smooth? Is he okay the next day af­ter ex­er­cise? Is he show­ing any avoid­ance be­hav­iours like grumpi­ness? You should be ask­ing your­self these ques­tions. “You may not keep your ad­vanced dres­sage horse do­ing dres­sage but you may do some­thing else at a lower level.” The ex­pec­ta­tions you have of your horse have to change as he ages. Lis­ten to him and scale back his ex­er­cise pro­gram where you feel it’s nec­es­sary. The rule of thumb is that you should con­tinue to ex­er­cise your horse but ac­com­mo­date his age and al­i­ments.

Ex­er­cise is still an im­por­tant part of your golden oldie’s rou­tine *We rec­om­mend wear­ing a cur­rent stan­dard hat and gloves when lead­ing out in-hand

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