Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Breinigsville, PA
• Horses: 0
Two weeks ago, I adopted a Percheron gelding who I was hoping was in his mid-20s. The dentist confirmed that he is closer to 30, if not 30 already. This is the oldest horse I have ever taken care of, and my first draft that I've owned. Overall, his health is fantastic. All his teeth are there and none are loose (although they are like little chicklets!). No problems eating. His weight is already starting to look better (less ribby but still hippy). He has cracking in his joints so I am starting him on a joint supplement this week. He doesn't show any signs of stiffness. Although he is slow, he still loves to get out and work, even if we just walk around the ring or around the fields. I didn't intend to do much more with him than easy trail rides and light hacking around so this isn't too much of an issue. I just moved him to a barn where we can learn Parelli games to give us something to do when his riding ability does become more limited.
What other health and well-being issues should I watch out for? What kinds of feeding programs do you have your seniors on? Any advice is greatly appreciated. He will spend the rest of his days with us (I'll never take a chance on getting rid of him and risk him ending up at the auction), so I want to be sure that we are doing everything we can to keep him as healthy as possible.