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  • Older horse with cushings, bad teeth, and lame in knee

 
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    11-06-2008, 09:16 AM
  #11
Foal
My girls have a 30 year old gelding that they share. He came to us in rough condition but is now looking great. He has no real usable teeth so he gets his nutrition from a mash of senior feed and beet pulp along with a little Ultimate Finish.

He does get a little winded on a trails after about 1 hour. He will still pick up the trot and lope for them but we try to stick to mostly a walk for him.
     
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    11-06-2008, 11:11 AM
  #12
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I have a 24 year old QH that's loosing his teeth... and a 29 year old TWH that has ringbone and arthritis.....

They are happy and healthy though...
     
    11-06-2008, 11:26 AM
  #13
Foal
I have a 29 year old QH. Has minor arthritis , but managed with glucosamine. He's fat and happy, and is rode weekly.
     
    11-06-2008, 12:16 PM
  #14
Foal
I have a 21 year old half arab saddlebred that we just found is in the early stages of cushings. He is now on pergolide and come running when its time to feed and still manages to be a butt head to my other horse by pushing him out of the way to be loved on first
     
    11-08-2008, 09:11 AM
  #15
Foal
The old guys are great
I have a 25 yr old retired TB jumper who has a tendancy to stock up some because he's lazy; a 26 yr old arabian with no teeth and an attitude from **** and a 20 - 25 yr old rescued TB who is afraid of everything whether its real or not. All 3 are in excellent health and a joy to own.
     
    11-08-2008, 10:34 AM
  #16
Yearling
Well before Joaker our 32yr QH passed away (coliced) the only true issues he had was a little arthritis . . . And his teeth were so worn down that he couldnt chew so well so he dropped alot of his grain and was kinda skinny . . . Silver our 28yr OTTB who passed away (we think that he had a tumor that burst) had some soundness issues but they were all cause of his track career (he bowed a tendon) and then the idiot who bought him lame and rode him 6 weeks later when the vet said wait 6 months!!!!! So he was always a little sore but he was on bute to manage that . .. and he also had worn down teeth with issese chewing and was slightly sknny
     
    11-08-2008, 12:16 PM
  #17
Foal
I have a 22 years old gelding. He has chronic arthritis. Heís an escape artist. Heís fat, healthy, and is boss of his herd. So, heís doing excellent.
     
    11-08-2008, 10:05 PM
  #18
Foal
Talking My 15 year old

I have a 15 year old champagne QH gelding and he doesn't have any health problems except for the fact that he's cowhocked. He doesn't seem to have arthritis but sometimes stocks up b/c he is lazy and doesn't get enough exercise (he will be getting some when we move in another week though :) When he eats he drops a lot of his food but I was told from a woman we are fixin to move our horses from that it's b/c he eats with his mouth opened. We got him checked by the vet when we got him and they said his teeth looked fine.
     
    11-08-2008, 11:27 PM
  #19
Weanling
15 years old is the prime of a horse's life....not considered old anymore! I have a friend who owns a 41 year old Draft....almost the record for oldest draft! Most of my guys are 12 years and older. My best friend has a 28 year old arabian/QH cross who no one could ever guess her age. She out does most on the trail....
     
    11-09-2008, 03:26 AM
  #20
Yearling
We have a 20 year old QH gelding. He has scar tissue and a dropping pastern from a bowed tendon when he was 14 -though he improves with exercise and stiffens when sedentary. He loses ALL of his hair each November for a few weeks before growing in a healthy plush winter coat (for the last 3-4 years). He used to be an easy keeper, and is now more of a normal keeper. He has lots of energy and will overdo it if you let him (we don't like doing high impact/high speed with him because of his old injury) - he used to be a barrel horse and is clearly an adrenaline junky.

We also have a 20 year old fjord/shetland pony. Her problem is that she has a fat neck, is over at the knee, is very stubborn with the kids, and requires almost NO food to remain fat despite regular exercise. We love her though
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