Read­ers Re­spond

Horse & Rider - - We Hear You -

We asked our Face­book fans to share their big­gest chal­lenges to se­nior- horse care. Here are their re­sponses, and you’ll find so­lu­tions to these con­cerns through­out the is­sue.

Lori Frane­tovich Weyhrich My old guy is a 32-year- old Quar­ter Horse (with a lot of Thor­ough­bred in his pedi­gree). Keep­ing him at a good weight is def­i­nitely my big­gest chal­lenge. Al­though he still has most of his teeth, he just can’t grind hay like he used to, so he gets al­falfa pel­lets, se­nior feed, and a se­nior sup­ple­ment. He’s still plenty ac­tive, grows a nice win­ter coat and sheds very nicely, and has plenty of sparkle left in his eyes! Love my old man!

An­drea Wayne My old guy has Cush­ing’s dis­ease, and the pills to man­age it are pretty ex­pen­sive. He also has had some be­hav­ioral changes since start­ing the meds. Oth­er­wise he’s in per­fect health at age 32.

Deb­o­rah Ed­wards I think not grow­ing enough coat and so not be­ing able to tol­er­ate cold is our big­gest is­sue. My mare has to have a blan­ket in cold rain or tem­per­a­tures be­low 32 de­grees. Vets have no clue why she has stopped grow­ing a good win­ter coat.

Jane McEn­tire My se­nior Paint geld­ing is on a steady cy­cle of good and not-so-good days. The lat­ter make my heart sick with worry, but then he snaps out of it and is him­self again. I keep a close watch on him so I can rec­og­nize any signs of trou­ble. But in the mean­time, I en­joy ev­ery day I have with him and watch­ing my grand­kids ride him.

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