Poll

Older Horse Care Concerns

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

Maintaining weight
27%
197
Osteoarthritis and other lameness
27%
197
Diseases such as PPID, EMS, and insulin resistance
21%
152
Keeping them active and moving
14%
107
Other (please specify)
6%
43
I do not own an older horse
6%
43

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

She has PPID AND EMS.

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

Choke

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

melanomas

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

Moving

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

maintaining

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