Older Horse Care Concerns

What is your biggest concern for your older horse? Please explain in the comments below!

Maintaining weight
Osteoarthritis and other lameness
Diseases such as PPID, EMS, and insulin resistance
Keeping them active and moving
Other (please specify)
I do not own an older horse

Total votes cast: 739

Comments & Write-in Answers

Arthritis and a subluxated pastern

10/2/2017 8:39:40 PM

keeping them active and strong enough to get up and down easily

10/2/2017 7:36:56 PM

Keeping him from getting too overweight.

10/2/2017 7:08:36 PM

joints failing

10/2/2017 6:30:19 PM

Both of my mares are 18 years old, so keeping them active is important.

10/2/2017 4:45:19 PM

diet for IR horse from gaining too much weight

10/2/2017 4:27:10 PM

Not knowing the horse's history from birth makes it a challenge.

10/2/2017 2:10:41 PM

26 yr young gelding on Senior grain & rice brand& hay. cooling now & he is loosing.

10/2/2017 12:18:23 PM

Condition of their teeth and digestion issues

10/2/2017 8:30:38 AM

Very nervous. will stop eating if buddy is not near

10/2/2017 6:50:25 AM

My 30 year old appendix quarter horse mare does have navicular and arthritis that is controlled.

10/2/2017 6:39:02 AM

The small blue spots in my 21 year old quarter horse mare - what's happening?

10/2/2017 5:34:17 AM


10/2/2017 4:50:44 AM

Managing lameness issues

10/2/2017 1:22:35 AM

I feed my 30YO Paint Horse, Beet Pulp, Alfalfa Pellets and Pelleted Grain

10/2/2017 12:45:56 AM

How to prepare an EMS horse (now sound) with recent "winter laminitis" for their upcoming winter.

10/1/2017 7:55:00 PM

We have a rescue and most older horses have athritis & lameness issues and can't be ridden.

10/1/2017 6:56:33 PM

dental problems/,maintaining body condition

10/1/2017 10:17:59 AM

The yearly at 16 you might start to see ...

9/30/2017 11:50:36 AM

Teeth on two 29 year old minis

9/30/2017 11:24:45 AM

All of the above plus difficulties in catching, carrying and foaling with our older broodmares.

9/30/2017 9:42:30 AM

He's an eating machine.

9/30/2017 9:13:20 AM

Swelling and loss of range of motion in stifle

9/30/2017 3:22:30 AM

World's hardest keeper. She is a rescue, cost 4x more to feed than my other horse. love her anyway

9/30/2017 2:09:06 AM

he's 34 and loses weight in hot weather.

9/29/2017 8:06:53 PM

she a 18yr old Tb

9/29/2017 5:19:13 PM

keeping her safe from younger, more aggressive herd mates

9/29/2017 5:01:49 PM

They both still move just fine.

9/29/2017 4:17:35 PM

Maintaining weight is a close second, but I feel like I have more ability to influence that.

9/29/2017 11:49:50 AM

My biggest consern is my horses teeth

9/29/2017 11:20:31 AM

Keeping him moving as well

9/29/2017 10:33:26 AM

Finn is 30. I hand walk him every morning 1 hr or more, plenty of turnout; he is stabled with a run

9/29/2017 8:31:21 AM

maintaining weight over topline and ribs.

9/29/2017 6:57:29 AM

Will he lose the ability to chew his food, grass or hay. His teeth are wearing

9/29/2017 6:25:25 AM

I am very thankful that I have no problems with my 28yo gelding.

9/29/2017 12:15:08 AM

Keeping him moving comfortably

9/28/2017 8:04:20 PM

melanoma, gray mare with enlarging tumors in mouth and sinus, and very large pituitary tumor

9/28/2017 8:01:03 PM

My TB mares are 7yrs old

9/28/2017 5:22:14 PM

He has PPID, gets Pergolide, and id doing well. PPID will get him eventually.

9/28/2017 4:25:16 PM

Until this year it was osteoarthritis, now, at 30, it is keeping his weight up.

9/28/2017 2:48:28 PM

At 27 she is still sound but lose too much weight in late winter.Hard to get her enough protein

9/28/2017 12:36:07 PM

Possible recurring Laminitis. Overweight coming off hard winter, kept in more than usual.

9/28/2017 11:31:09 AM

Dental health

9/28/2017 10:13:05 AM

Knowing when it will be time to let him go. He has cancer and is under vet care.

9/28/2017 8:26:42 AM

They have better chance of coping with arthritis if they're kept fit & active.

9/28/2017 7:51:08 AM

keeping them active because of mild osteoarthritis, and also mantaining weight

9/28/2017 1:40:06 AM

Biggest concern is keeping his feed consistent, he cannot eat any long-stemmed hay.

9/27/2017 11:59:54 PM

I have a 31 year old Missouri Fox Trotter mare in great general health but missing some teeth.

9/27/2017 11:30:12 PM

dental issues, problems with choke (oesophageal blockage) and need for suitable forage replacer

9/27/2017 6:25:13 PM

Joint comfort

9/27/2017 6:06:23 PM

Mine are 28 & 29 years old

9/27/2017 3:55:44 PM

Weight, lameness, and diseases are my top 3 worries with seniors

9/27/2017 3:44:38 PM

at 28 yrs old both equines needs to be heathy and live like 'natural horse lifestyle'

9/27/2017 2:10:02 PM

25 yr old OTTB - maintaining weight

9/27/2017 1:55:34 PM

I lost an old horse to septic hock. Every time one of the older ones is lame I fear the worst.

9/27/2017 1:54:47 PM

24 hour turn out in 40 acres w/others. A safe stall to eat in.

9/27/2017 1:48:23 PM

Quality of life is key

9/27/2017 1:10:13 PM

maintaining weight as well as managing arthritis

9/27/2017 1:06:03 PM

Melanoma in an older grey gelding

9/27/2017 11:52:21 AM

Have 2 with PPID and IR. Worry about feet issue. ! horse has few teeth so weight issues with him.

9/27/2017 11:32:35 AM

Dental, so essential to good health.

9/27/2017 10:33:16 AM

Weight, but also how comfortable they are: with cold, arthritis, cushings (in my case)etc

9/27/2017 10:04:58 AM

There is no "biggest" concern. Most older horses have several of these concerns at once.

9/27/2017 10:02:38 AM

Being active is what keeps them feeling young and happy.

9/27/2017 9:43:40 AM

Nothing so far but it is a concern

9/27/2017 9:02:11 AM

Having 12 senior horses each one has a different need.. ppid tumor,broken teeth, refounder...

9/27/2017 8:36:33 AM

Maintaining respiratory health.

9/27/2017 7:57:49 AM


9/27/2017 6:14:53 AM

Maintaning optimum weight in the PPID horses who also may experience some arthritic pain

9/27/2017 3:55:48 AM

All of the above!

9/26/2017 11:05:17 PM

She has high ringbone, but is doing well with supplements and meds.

9/26/2017 10:18:20 PM

Also worry about dry skin and dry paddocks and things that aggravate respiratory issues.

9/26/2017 10:12:55 PM

I voted for Osteoarthritis, but maintaining weight for my 27 year old TB is a big concern also.

9/26/2017 7:09:28 PM

Concern of insulin resistance going on into PPID. Keeping up on IR diet and balancing hay.

9/26/2017 6:31:03 PM

Keeping them sound but also avoiding colic.

9/26/2017 5:50:09 PM

Choking on unsoaked food--he's always hungry and eats well esp what he's not supposed to

9/26/2017 5:49:39 PM


9/26/2017 5:03:32 PM

Arthritis + problems occurring along with: pain, anorexia, loss of activity/movement.

9/26/2017 4:52:16 PM

I lost my last elderly (30+) horse a couple of years ago. Current horse is 12--will be old some day!

9/26/2017 4:40:27 PM


9/26/2017 4:37:00 PM

Combination of things, maintain weight, arthritis & keeping him active. Still trail riding at 30!

9/26/2017 4:27:44 PM

I have a 22 yr old stallion that gets thin during breeding season and a 32 yr old mule

9/26/2017 4:24:03 PM

My 23 year old mare has allergies and was just diagnosed with PPID and is on the med.

9/26/2017 4:20:34 PM

Keeping her healthy and free of aches and pains are my main concerns.

9/26/2017 3:03:55 PM

and dental health - maintaining the ability to eat effectively

9/26/2017 2:08:28 PM

All of them are concerns, but he's accident-prone so keeping him sound is priority one.

9/26/2017 1:56:06 PM

Controling her COPD so she can still have a good life and I can still ride some. And just keeping he

9/26/2017 1:25:50 PM


9/26/2017 12:09:29 PM

Definitely keeping weight on my 29 yr old mare, just became a problem in the last two years.

9/26/2017 11:41:21 AM