Like humans, horses are living longer. Our doctors understand what it takes to optimize the life of an aged horse.
It all starts with nutrition. Older horses lose their ability to absorb essential nutrients because their digestive system is not as efficient or effective as it once was. We’re on the lookout for any metabolic disorders and will treat them aggressively.
Proper dental care is another important element of our approach. Abnormalities and wear are the norm and we encourage twice a year dental examinations to maintain optimum grind surfaces.
De-worming and Parasites
The immune system of older horses is not as powerful as it once was. We recommend an active program of de-worming and parasite control.
Lameness is a natural byproduct of a long life. Degenerative joint disease or arthritis is not uncommon. We can provide medicine or supplements to help.
Hoof health is important. The arthritis we spoke about earlier can alter the horse’s gait and make shoeing and trimming of hooves difficult. Older horses are also more prone to laminitis and hoof abscesses.