Taking Care of Our Elders

What senior horse health condition are you most concerned about?

Equine Cushing's disease (pituitary pars intermedia disfunction, or PPID)
Arthritic joints
Weight loss
Dental problems
Other (please explain below)

Total votes cast: 814

Comments & Write-in Answers

Old injuries catching up with us

4/15/2013 9:58:01 PM

Arthritis is my current concern, however Cushing's was top for my mare she passed in 2010

4/15/2013 6:22:37 PM

Arthritic joints are the most difficult

4/15/2013 3:29:39 PM

all of the above and that I won't have the money to pay vet bills

4/15/2013 3:28:15 PM

My soon-to-be 25 buddy is kept comfortable and "loose" with the help of his veterinarian.

4/15/2013 11:23:07 AM

and dental issues

4/15/2013 6:24:08 AM

My 35 year old OTTB is very difficult to keep weight on.

4/15/2013 4:14:46 AM

lack of appropriate feeds for horses over 40

4/15/2013 1:20:56 AM


4/14/2013 4:29:29 PM

EMS, Insulin resistance, DSLD/ESPA, Cushings

4/14/2013 4:27:43 PM


4/14/2013 3:09:15 PM

EOTRH syndrome kills your older horse with pain and starvatiun. It is treatable. Google it.

4/14/2013 3:04:49 PM

Each animal is an unique & evaluate as such

4/14/2013 10:52:09 AM

chronic low grade colic

4/14/2013 8:52:25 AM

Sweet itch and dermatitis

4/14/2013 8:40:28 AM

My 32-yr-old horse is arthritic in 3 legs. Talk about 3 feet in the grave...

4/14/2013 1:47:20 AM

the outragous cost for treating Cushings will result in many not being treated and suffering.n

4/13/2013 5:32:07 PM

Joints and teeth

4/13/2013 11:09:13 AM

all of the above, it all about keeping my guy healthy

4/13/2013 7:29:20 AM

It can affect horses of any age and is basically irreversible. My bête noir for sure.

4/13/2013 3:23:56 AM

ride in the mountains, hard on joints

4/12/2013 10:20:26 PM


4/12/2013 10:09:16 PM

malignant melanomas

4/12/2013 7:46:00 PM

Already have problem with a mare we just bought. Former w. pl. and reiner :(

4/12/2013 7:10:04 PM

Just found out my 20 yr old mare is in early stages of Cushings. Hope she'll eat the Praecend!!!

4/12/2013 5:57:27 PM

Neurological diseases

4/12/2013 5:36:13 PM

the safe health of any senior issue is important I have seen more PPID in "younger" horses

4/12/2013 9:32:15 AM

A combination of all named factors, plus potentially decreased ability to absorb/utilize nutrients.

4/12/2013 7:20:57 AM

have an older pony opinion is she has cushings no clinical symptom except long hair other causes?

4/12/2013 6:16:14 AM

Arthritis is nonreversable, chronically painful and can be very hard to keep the horse comfortable.

4/12/2013 4:08:24 AM

Have had 3 probably because I keep them for life.

4/12/2013 3:57:52 AM

It is a complicated disease that is difficult to treat and manage

4/11/2013 11:21:41 PM

I have two horses over 23 years.. all with good teeth.

4/11/2013 10:54:50 PM

consistent diarhyia

4/11/2013 10:26:53 PM

muscle, weight and overall decline in stamina and energy.

4/11/2013 9:05:55 PM

All of the above

4/11/2013 4:48:03 PM

Increased chances for colic.

4/11/2013 2:49:22 PM

cyst in navicular bone and almost no heel growth

4/11/2013 1:20:52 AM

All of the above along with uveitis

4/10/2013 8:33:57 PM

Have a 22 YO TB who is sound and refuses to retire, going in the dressage ring this year

4/10/2013 2:05:34 PM

My 23yr old mare has cataracts which are worsening. Losing her sight was the cause of a bad fall.

4/10/2013 12:01:41 PM

Choosing the best vaccinations and dewormers are top priority here.

4/10/2013 11:37:03 AM

All of the above! Have all younger horses now, want them to be healthy well into their golden years.

4/10/2013 10:51:38 AM

Lameness from thin, flat front soles

4/10/2013 9:43:08 AM

The toxic environmental chemtrails being dumped on us.

4/10/2013 9:00:06 AM

The other conditions are manageable but Cushings with its complexity will get them in a short a time

4/10/2013 7:01:56 AM

trying so hard with my very fussy 33 yr old horse--but not really getting any more condition on him.

4/10/2013 6:05:21 AM


4/10/2013 12:38:24 AM

Any info on Thrive an equine feed

4/9/2013 11:30:59 PM

The damp climate where I live makes arthritis worse, so we do have to pay attention to this.

4/9/2013 10:25:49 PM

I am taking measures to prevent this.

4/9/2013 9:30:44 PM

although my senior 32+ years had weight loss, she was not in pain

4/9/2013 8:14:07 PM

Arthritis-1 senior ex-racehorse & 1 senior jumper

4/9/2013 8:04:03 PM

Other-Making sure I have a plan in place for my horse's retirement care and dignified end

4/9/2013 7:40:23 PM

actually all of the above

4/9/2013 7:26:12 PM


4/9/2013 7:02:56 PM

As well as arthritic joints - my horse's cushings is well managed right now but it change in a hurry

4/9/2013 6:35:28 PM

They all concern me. Have a 22yr.old with IR.Very careful what I let him eat and how much.

4/9/2013 6:13:13 PM

seizures in my 27 year old horse . He has been having them for the last 3 years about 3 to 4 months

4/9/2013 6:13:11 PM

and Arthritic Joints I have two senior horses, one Arthritic, one hard keeper.

4/9/2013 6:06:50 PM

Often, apparent weight loss can be concern where horses can be seen from roads

4/9/2013 3:09:19 PM


4/9/2013 1:55:16 PM

bladder stones

4/9/2013 1:45:39 PM

PPID and arthritic joints

4/9/2013 12:19:25 PM

lack of tooth in my over age 30 horses

4/9/2013 12:10:46 PM

Arthritis concerns me the most. Both of my horses had rough lives before me . I'm being proactive.

4/9/2013 11:52:56 AM

My senior horse still actively competes, so keeping joints comfortable is most important for me.

4/9/2013 8:02:59 AM

Any problem that causes pain or significant loss of quality of life

4/9/2013 1:27:00 AM