Recent News for Older Horse Care

Smart Snap, a 17 year old Quarter Horse stallion owned by Nadine Galbraith, DVM, has competed in France, Italy, Germany, and Canada and won 150 events. Galbraith says good conformation and judicious training can help a reiner continue performing past his youth.

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Super Senior Sport Horses

February 24, 2017

Meet three equine athletes that are excelling in their golden years.... Read More

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The 'Creaky' Performance Horse

February 22, 2017

Seasoned sport horses often need a little extra TLC to continue performing well into middle age.... Read More

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Establishing Health Care Programs for Aging Horses

February 19, 2017

Recent large-scale surveys suggest clients want their veterinarians to provide more services for geriatric horses.... Read More

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Think Before You Medicate Your Horse

February 17, 2017

Here's why it's important to reach out to your veterinarian before administering an NSAID to your horse.... Read More

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How to Feed Senior Horses

February 13, 2017

Age is a number, not a disease, said Dr. Megan Shepherd. Remember this when tailoring a diet for your older horse.... Read More

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2017 Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference Takes Place April 5-6

February 10, 2017

Equine lecture topics will include feeding endocrine-challenged horses, allergies, equine aging, supplements, and more.... Read More

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Top Reproduction Studies of 2016

February 09, 2017

Dr. Terry Blanchard shares studies on endometritis, semen extenders, stem cell therapy, and more.... Read More

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Feed Tags: Four Components to Evaluate

February 03, 2017

Pay special attention to the purpose statement, guaranteed analysis, ingredients, and directions for use.... Read More

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How Immunosenescence Impacts Senior Horse Care

January 27, 2017

Your horse's immune system is aging with him. Here's what to remember when managing your old horses.... Read More

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Deconstructing the Laminitis 'Train Wreck'

January 25, 2017

Researchers have made great strides in understanding laminitis, but it remains a difficult disease to predict and treat.... Read More

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Founder vs. Laminitis

January 25, 2017

A lot of people use the words laminitis and founder interchangeably. Are these two conditions the same thing?... Read More

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Seeking Relief: Current Directions in Equine Pain Management

January 17, 2017

Learn what veterinarians are doing to improve how they control equine pain.... Read More

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How Much Grain Should I Feed My Colic-Prone Horse?

January 16, 2017

An owner with a colicky horse is worried that grain could be the culprit and wants to know how much to feed.... Read More

Osteoarthritis and joint disease are common in aging equids. Regular, judicious exercise can help keep an arthritic old horse comfortable.

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Researchers Test Joint Supplement's Impact on Old Horses

January 14, 2017

A resveratrol and hyaluronic acid supplement could have anti-inflammatory effects in aged horses, researchers found.... Read More

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EMS and the Slippery Slope to Laminitis

January 12, 2017

A British veterinarian describes what scientists think happens in the body with endocrinopathic laminitis cases and why.... Read More

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Yes, Your Overweight Horse is at Risk for Laminitis

January 11, 2017

The good news is that many of the laminitis risk factors researchers identified can be detected early and modified.... Read More

“Clients often ask, ‘What kind of grain should I use?’” Tanner says. “I always ignore that question and immediately ask, ‘What kind of hay are you giving them?’ If you have bad hay, you’re not going to fix that with more grain.” Tanner also recommends checking with your vet before giving your horse supplements, since nutraceuticals are not regulated by the FDA. “You could be wasting a good bit of money on something that’s not good for your horse,” he says.

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Resolve to Weigh Your Horse's Feed

January 09, 2017

Do you want to make sure your horse is getting the right amount of feed? Use a scale!... Read More

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Diseases That Affect Nutrient Delivery in Horses

January 08, 2017

Watch for these conditions that impact nutrient absorption and lead to weight loss.... Read More

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Formidable Frostbite

January 04, 2017

Healthy horses handle frigid temperatures well, but their extremities still are vulnerable to frostbite.... Read More

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Feeding Older Horses With PPID, IR, or Metabolic Disease

January 02, 2017

Are there any parameters for offering senior feeds to horses diagnosed with Cushing's and laminitis?... Read More

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Cost-Effective Feeding for Horses

December 31, 2016

Find out how to design an affordable feeding program without compromising your horse's health.... Read More

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Breeding the Older Mare

December 30, 2016

As a mare's fertility wanes, there are still steps--some simple, some cutting-edge--breeders can take to obtain a foal.... Read More

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TheHorse.com's Top Videos of 2016

December 27, 2016

View videos on vision, fear, the hoof, assessing the foal after birth, EIPH, trimming old horses' hooves, and more.... Read More

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The War Against Obesity

December 26, 2016

A successful equine slim-down program includes frequent weight assessments, smart feeding, and exercise.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Joint Injections for Horses

December 20, 2016

Of the 442 respondents, 90 (20%) use injections as a regular part of their horses' joint management programs.... Read More