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Early Winter Wonderland

Winter's arrived with a vengeance in the Bluegrass. How are you preparing your senior horses for the deep freeze?...

Senior Can't (or Won't) Eat Hay? No Problem

If your aging equid can't or won't eat hay, don't worry: There are several other ways to get him the fiber he needs. ...

How Do They Live?

So many horses don't reach their golden years, which makes the ones that do seem just a little more special....

Not All Winter Coats are Created Equal

Some senior horses grow a thick and insulating winter coat, while others produce significantly less hair. Where does your golden oldie fall?...

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Hurry Up and Wait

As horses get older, they become more susceptible to age-related health conditions. To me, it's almost like a "hurry up and wait" scenario to see which conditions each horse develops and when....

Keep a Close Eye

The fact that an older horse is "out to pasture" doesn't mean owners can take a break from keeping a close eye on their health needs. ...

Just Because They Can Doesn't Mean They Should

I have no doubts that 18-year-old Dorado could successfully compete at a higher level of eventing than he does, but chances are my aging horse won't. Here's why....

Massages for Senior Horses

Dorado got a massage after doing the splits, but even healthy horses can benefit from body work. Has your senior horse had a massage?...

Fly and Other Insect Patrol for Senior Horses

Do you think your senior horses have grown more sensitive to flies as they've aged? And what do you do to keep the bugs from bothering your horses?...

Pushing the Limits

Because he's proven to me that he has impeccable ground manners, Dorado gets some leeway in departments other horses might not. Do you let your aging equids push the limits?...

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About This Blog

Horses are living longer than ever, but with age and experience come health problems, new management concerns, and an odd behavior here and there. Discuss the ins and outs of every day old horse care and concerns with senior horse owner and News Editor Erica Larson.