Digging Deeper Into Horses All Breeds


Horses are generally seen to be old when they reach around 20 years of age, many breeds such as thoroughbreds, sports horses may not live this long if they've had a hard competitive life. Many horses at 20 years old will always be physically fit and healthy if they've been well looked after.

It's been suggested that this sort of training is best suited for sensitive breeds, Thoroughbreds like Lukas, for example. ' My horse would not feel a Mack truck and you expect him to feel a feather? ' Someone once said to me. Well, I've used this system on many different breeds and saw some improvement in all of them. Results will differ, of course. People vary in their responses and capabilities, do not they? Why would not we expect horses to also exhibit this as well? Granted, this may take some ingenuity. Some tips to try: a light double tap or a little bit of vibration instead of more intense force often will get the message across quite effectively.

Older horses may show changes in appearance-such as muscle degeneration causing a sagging topline, dipped back and prominent withers, and cataract development. Their face may have a more hollowed appearance with deeper depressions above the eyes and grey hairs tend to appear more noticeably around the eyes, ears, muzzle, and forehead. Other signs include difficulty eating or loss of appetite resulting from worn or missing teeth. These can also cause weight loss, stiffness or lameness due to arthritis.

There are likewise internal signs of ageing going on inside the body. Organs such as the heart, kidneys, digestive tract, liver, and immune system become less efficient and bones become brittle. In addition, muscles may become weaker and the joints and tendons lose their elasticity. Hormonal changes can adversely affect body condition. All these changes mean that your horse is more vulnerable to illness and that any recovery will be slower.

It is important to keep in care of the older horse to verify that they live a comfortable life during the rest of their days. Good dental care is essential now that your horse is getting older, it is desirable that your horse has his teeth checked twice a year or at any time that you notice a problem such as weight loss or difficulty chewing. Look at the horse's diet to ensure it is even suitable, as the digestive system becomes less efficient in addition to hormonal and metabolic changes that affect their digestion and absorption of the essential nutrients needed. A diet for an older horse should be palatable, easy to masticate and swallow, dust free, high in protein and fibre, provide essential vitamins and minerals, and high in energy. You may need to add new supplements to give additional nutrients. Before changing your horse's diet, consult your vet, he'll probably want to do some tests to check for any kidney or liver problems. If you do need to modify your horse's diet, make sure you do it gradually in order to avoid unexpected changes disrupting the digestive system.

Moving The Discussion Forward

Don't forget the routine care that he has had throughout his earlier years: worming, stabling, checking for injuries, exercise, shoeing and so on. An older horse may feel the cold more so bear this in mind and make sure they have suitable rugs for the conditions.

Ensure the horse benefits from regular veterinary check-ups. Although this is costly, it is often the best means of spotting the signs of sickness or illness before it requires serious medical attention. Regular checks from an expert are the best possible means of ensuring your horse lives to a ripe old age. Remember the solution is to watch out for any changes including rapid weight deterioration, loss of body condition and apathy towards exercise and movement.

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