Feeding Geriatric Horses
- By Stacey Oke, DVM, MSc
- May 01, 2010
Just because a horse is older does not necessarily mean he requires a special diet; aging is not a disease. Many older horses with special physical or nutritional needs might benefit from being fed a specific diet to maintain good health and body condition.
It is imperative to have a licensed veterinarian perform a complete physical examination of the horse and to fully discuss the special needs of the horse with this veterinarian. Routine examinations, vaccination, deworming, dental care and farrier visits are integral components of horse ownership and can potentially minimize the development of feeding-related issues as horses age.
Horses, like humans, all age differently. Not all senior feeds are made the same. This free report provides you with answers about your aging horse.
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