Bedding Down the Senior Horse

Q. How essential is stall bedding for a senior horse?

Becky May, Spokane, Wash.

A. This really depends on the horse's condition and housing provided. How much time he is spending down, what's his weight like, and what kind of ground is he lying on (concrete stall, pasture, packed dirt, etc.)? Generally speaking, I don't alter bedding because a horse is old, but if a horse is thin and joint sore I would try to make sure he has a good cushion to lie on so as not to get pressure ulcers on bony points, such as the hips.

About the Author

Dianne McFarlane, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM

Dianne McFarlane, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, is an associate professor in physiological sciences at Oklahoma State University. Her research focuses on using a comparative animal approach to understanding the biological changes that accompany aging and the age-related factors that promote risk of neurodegenerative disease.

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