Who Has Older Horses?
What are some of the ages of your older horses and what issues do they have?
I have a 28yo Quarter Horse and his only real problems are a bit of arthritis (which isn't bad, we haven't had to do anything for it yet. He just gets stiff), his vision isn't great anymore, but he still sees fine on his own and he's losing some teeth so we have him on senior feed. We did the beet pulp thing a couple of winters ago too when he first started losing weight. He's doing fine now though :)
I have 24 yr old Appy gelding. Not really too many issues. He is harder to keep weight on, and he is more prone to choke with pelleted feeds and has a week tendon (old barrel racing injury) but other than that he's not much trouble. The weight issue is solved by making sure he gets to eat where he doesn't have to compete (in a stall for his pellets, which are soaked and that stops the choke issue). He still eats hay just fine and he's still very active. I'm sure there is some arthritis there somewhere, but he doesn't show it, yet. The old bow in his tendon is something to keep an eye on, but that's not age related, just an old battle scar, as I call it.
I think the most inconvenient part is he has a sway back so fitting a saddle takes more effort than on a younger, healthier horse.
i have a 33year old sorrel paint gelding....no problems
i also have a 30 year old bay paint gelding who has mild authritis in his rear right fetlock. thats all
*raises hand* I do :D
Justin is 26 this year - his teeth are starting to fall out, and there are some days when he's sore in his hips. other than that, he's fine :-) (he's the one in my avatar)
We have a little POA that the vet estimates at around mid 30's. We took her in after hubby helped the SPCA seize 40 plus horse's. He came home that night haunted by her "dead" eye's.
We didn't have room for a full size horse but she fits nicely into her little stall.
She only has nine teeth left, so she gets soaked cubes four times a day. Her eye sight is starting to go, but she rules the roost!!
My old man is a 29 yr old Appy named Cheno. He's been here for 17 yrs. He suffers from ERU and went blind a few years ago. Basically the blindness, some missing teeth, and achy joints are his only issues. So he gets beet pulp, alfalfa pellets, Total Equine and MSM along with grass and hay.
well my horse is not yet old. BUT your old-timers sound so fit and healthy. So i really hope that when my horse becomes that age...he'll still be sound and healhty and full of life like your guys :D
I have a 32 year old POA. He has some mild arthritis, has lost his molars and premolars and he's got a sarcoid on his p*nis. But he's fat and sassy--comes running when I call him to eat and plays with my young geldings in the pasture.
All of yours make mine look like babies! LOL!
Wow.. and I thought I had an aged one! LOL! I picked up a 17yr old Arabian mare. She has some tooth loss, but tons of go to her.. especially after I started actually feeding her!
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