Getting An Older Mare Back into Work - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 13 Old 10-13-2019, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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I just bought my first Clydesdale. She is 21 years old and turning 22 in march. She has been a broodmare the past 10+ years and sat in a pasture doing nothing but raising babies. She is 18hh and DOES NOT look her age at all. She has spunk.. she was broke to drive probably 18 years ago. They fed her 1 scoop of purina all stages(not senior) twice per day with free choice hay and limited to no grass as they said she colics very easily. She takes a saddle just fine, so no problems there, and I've rode her. I've only rode for about 20 minutes each time, she walks very fast and tires herself pretty easily. She sweats a lot too, it is about 75/80 degrees but has dropped to 50 now, so can I bring her up to riding longer or since of her age should I simply not? I've never had a horse past 18. She knows how to lunge surprisingly but a tad bit rusty, should I lunge her for a short period of time to build her up? I never trot her, even though she does want to speed up. Thank you guys.

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Forgot to mention, she does not have any injuries or problems with her being sound wise. No leg problems, through her feet are horrendous.
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I'd get her feet done before lunging or other activity.

Then I'd maybe lunge a bit. If I have to lunge for exercise, I use two lines, tied end to end, to reduce the strain of small circles. I prefer ponying when bringing softies back to work.

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I would be inclined to take it easy on her - do walking rides for fitness, but not much more than that. 21 years old for a Clydesdale is well into her senior years, and as someone who has a senior horse, I would much rather spend my remaining time on him doing short walking rides with him than just lunging. Short trail rides will be much more mentally stimulating for her also, so she would spend her senior years arguably better on the trails than doing circles in an arena.
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post #5 of 13 Old 10-13-2019, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, we are working with our farrier for a time to come out to see her feet. Her feet haven't been touched either, I'm not even sure if she's ever had her feet done. She's a gentle giant though!! Her with our favorite hitching post lol, the only thing it's handy for!
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post #6 of 13 Old 10-14-2019, 12:48 AM
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She's so cute! LOVE her!

Her back looks really great! You'll want to preserve that. You can help her build back support by lunging or in-hand work. Have her lower the head and neck, and step under with the hind legs to lift the back. Do that while walking around in an easy circle, about 20m. 10 laps in each direction is a good warmup exercise, but you can do more.

Also, might want to consider supporting give her joints a boost. Cosequin original (or similar product), Lubrisyn HA+ (hyaluronic acid with MSM), and Manna Pro Senior Weight Accelerator for Vitamin C and E (2 scoops). Contains no sugars/starch. If you're concerned about colic, introduce to her diet slowly and make sure the mixture is 'wet'. Lubrisyn is liquid, and you can add a little water to create a wet feed that she can lick it up. If she has an issue with eating it, you can mix 1 cup of your pelleted feed with water and add it to the mix. Of course, discussing this with your vet couldn't hurt - some vets will answer questions over the phone.

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post #7 of 13 Old 10-14-2019, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you, I definitely will be getting her some more supplements, we are slowly adding them to her feed and she is not a fan. Will literally just not eat it lol. Will have to find out a way to convince her otherwise. Right now we are trying to introduce her to manna pro senior like you suggested and she's not having it.
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Does she have a winter coat on? That with these temps would make for a sweaty horse. Otherwise there is something else going on as those are mild temps.
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I only have one that will lick the Manna Pro up. I add the Calf Manna for flavor. It doe sc not take much for that purpose but you could add it as well. I little alfalfa or senior feed and moisten it. It usually sticks to senior feed well enough but those that are not liking the texture it may take being damp to stick before they eat it.
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post #10 of 13 Old 10-14-2019, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Ya she does have a bit of a winter coat coming on. I've had one other draft who sweated easily. I've only rode her a couple times and it was 70/75 degrees and she sweat quite a bit. Mind you she has never had a saddle on and has never been rode. She's just sat in a field for over 10 years. She was just broke to drive 18 years ago.
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