Hey guys its Maggie back today with a new blog post! So I want to talk to yall about how to manage taking care of an older horse. So first for some background, I have a 20 (21 this year) year old mare. She is a paint and she is my speed horse! I actually have an instagram account for her if yall wanna go check it out it is @racing.raine . Anyways with that being said, I have a little bit experience with taking care of an older horse. So I have thought up some tips today that will hopefully give you some insights, and help you in the future of having an older horse.
So having an older horse, you might want to consider changing your feed or adding a supplement. When horses begin aging so does their joints, so finding a good supplement that will support their overall care will really help keep them comfortable in their old age. Another supplement to consider is one to help with their digestive system. In their old age their teeth also begin to wear so it may be harder for them to chew which can lead to a lot of difficulties. So keeping your horse on some sort of colic prevention, or digestive help(fiber) is an awesome thing to do for your horse. So moving on from supplements, another way to take care of an older horse is to not let them get out of shape. Now don't get me wrong, if a horse has serious joint issues or a bad back, you should probably retire them. BUt with a horse like mine who is as healthy as she can be, it is better for her to stay in shape and not to get over weight. Keeping your horse in shape keeps them young in the mind and helps them to maintain their fitness. Going along with this if you are riding an older horse, you need to keep in mind that you need to spend more time warming them up, to make sure you do not get an injury. A great way to prevent injury in any horse I think would be BOT boots. I have a pair of these boots and I love them, they warm your horses muscles up for them and prevent injury. Anyways sorry guys this is not a very good blog post, but it is just a little bit of information! Thanks for reading and be sure to check out my social medias!
~ @reining.patrick and @racing.raine