Join Date: May 2007
Location: Falkland Islands
• Horses: 0
Taking care of an elderly horse?
Im new, I need some advice on looking after my elderly mare.
I just bought her last weekend for my kids to learn to ride on, she is 22 and is a sweet old thing, very gentle and so good with the children.
She loves riding out across the common but we take it easy with her - she tends to get a bit puffed out bless her after a bit of cantering.
I want to make life as easy as possible for her, she loves to be groomed so she gets a lot of fuss that way, but she is pastured and turned out, all the horses down here live like that (I am in the falkland islands) The weather can be very harsh in winter and although she is a hardy old girl I think she will benefit from a rug.
People don't feed their horses any kind of pre mixed horse food, the horses graze all year round and in winter they supplement that with pony nuts and oats.
I am not sure that feeding her oats at her age is such a good idea though? I don't have access to any other type of feed - but I could order some supplements off the internet and get them shipped down if you think there is anything she may be lacking in?
Any advice of the best way to take care of her now that she's getting on a bit would be really appreciated.