Horses are known to be stronger and agile compared to other domesticated animals. As the ecology’s dynamic evolution, it is learned that horses today lives longer compared to those horses in the past. That is due to rise of technological advancement in animal care and in veterinary medicine. However, horses will eventually undergo the process of aging, just like any other living being. Thus, optimum care is needed to maintain their health. It is the owner’s accountability to give the necessary care their horses need to keep them in shape no matter how old they are.
It is very essential for the older horses to receive the necessary nutrients needed for their aging bodies. In choosing their feeding food, one should choose a food that can be easily digested since there is now a decreased digestive efficiency in their gastrointestinal system. Give them the “complete” diet – combination of hay and concentrates for them to gain energy. Also, fresh water is important, as it will help prevent impaction of stools, and, colic.
Access to shelter is one of the important things to consider. A run-in shed is appropriate for the elder stallions. It will provide them with needed refuge from common factors such as the hot sun, harsh winds, or the attack of black flies. Also, they need more protection from the cold. Thus providing those things that will help them warm up (such as blankets) will somehow prevent them from getting cold and shiver.
One of the common degenerative problems that the elder horses might experience is having arthritis. With that, horses may experience discomfort and will make them inactive for quite some time. Thus, there are joint supplements that may help your senior horse to stay active and move around more comfortably. There are over the counter supplements that are proven to be helpful to some of the senior horses. Also, a ramp trailer may be easier for your horses’ use.
Elder horses need to be checked by a veterinarian regularly. Frequent vet trips will monitor their status of health, as well as keeping your aging horse healthy through regular grooming, administering vaccinations and regular vet exams. De-worming is a requisite for the horses, especially when weight loss or a sudden decline of a coat condition is noticeable.
Elder horses must have a consistent activity. Keep them active; let them walk in the pasture so that they can move around, keeping their joints flexible than confining them into their stalls. Movement will help increase their blood circulation, improves their digestion and stimulates them to keep healthy and happy. Finally, reward them with your good care and love. Your affection to them will contribute in making them healthier and happier.