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Win­ter care tips for your older horse.

Your se­nior horse needs ex­tra TLC in cold weather. Give him plenty of for­age—such as hay—be­cause it cre­ates in­ner warmth as it’s me­tab­o­lized. A good se­nior feed may be help­ful, too, as a lit­tle ex­tra weight can also help your old­ster stay warm. Make sure he has ad­e­quate shel­ter, and if he’s wear­ing a blan­ket, check it of­ten for rubs. Se­niors of­ten have weaker im­mune sys­tems, so make sure yours is prop­erly vac­ci­nated, es­pe­cially against flu. Ex­er­cise—such as gen­tle rid­ing or hand walk­ing— can boost health and help pre­vent or al­le­vi­ate stiff­ness.

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