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Senior Horse Wellness Tips

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Aging is a natural process, and thanks to modern management and veterinary care, senior horses can live long, active and healthy lives! Managing the changing needs of your horse can help ensure they can live out their golden years comfortably.

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Here's a few handy tips to help keep your senior horse happy and healthy:

  1. Blood Screening Test: An annual blood screening test for your older horse is a wise investment. As horses age, you are likely to see a deterioration in liver and kidney function. Your vet may not be able to fix the problem, but there are several dietary changes that can be made to help your horse.
  2. Vitamin C Supplementation: Vitamin C has some scientific support on helping boost the immune system of the senior horse. It is suggested that older horses can benefit from 10 grams of Vitamin C twice a day.  
  3. Groom Regularly: Grooming regularly can help you assess your older horse's body and surface condition. This can aid in early recognition of injuries and weight-loss related issues.
  4. Paddock Arrangements: Older horses tend to be slow eaters. If possible, it is often best to separate your older horse during feeding, to ensure they are not being bossed off their food.
  5. Provide Shelter: Take precautions during extreme weather. Older horses tend to get easily chilled. A sheltered horse stays dry and will use less energy to stay warm. 
  6. Keep Them Active: Total retirement may not be what's best for your older horse. Unless your horse is unsound, he will benefit from regular, less demanding exercise. Whether it is a few laps of walking, trotting or cantering around the ring, a leisurely trail ride, or just hand walking around the barn, moderate exercise will help stimulate the joints.

Looking for a treat that meets the needs of your older horse? Look no further! Senior Snax is our newest treat specifically formulated for older horses, providing ingredients such as Glucosamine, Biotin, and Omega-3 fatty acids. These heart shaped treats are easy-to-chew too! Click here to find a Manna Pro dealer near you.

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Senior horses can lead long, active, happy lives with minimal care if thought is given to their specific diet, mental and environmental needs. - See more at: http://holistichorse.com/resources-sp-1210586277/ask-the-expert/healthy-horse-hints/1699-natural-senior-support-priority-checklist#sthash.8N9KVKu1.dpuf
Senior horses can lead long, active, happy lives with minimal care if thought is given to their specific diet, mental and environmental needs. - See more at: http://holistichorse.com/resources-sp-1210586277/ask-the-expert/healthy-horse-hints/1699-natural-senior-support-priority-checklist#sthash.8N9KVKu1.dpuf
Senior horses can lead long, active, happy lives with minimal care if thought is given to their specific diet, mental and environmental needs. - See more at: http://holistichorse.com/resources-sp-1210586277/ask-the-expert/healthy-horse-hints/1699-natural-senior-support-priority-checklist#sthash.8N9KVKu1.dpuf
Senior horses can lead long, active, happy lives with minimal care if thought is given to their specific diet, mental and environmental needs. - See more at: http://holistichorse.com/resources-sp-1210586277/ask-the-expert/healthy-horse-hints/1699-natural-senior-support-priority-checklist#sthash.8N9KVKu1.dpuf
Gabby Gufler

Gabby Gufler

Gabby Gufler graduated from Truman State University in 2013 with a BS in Animal Science & Nutrition and a minor in Equine Science. Gabby currently works on Manna Pro’s marketing team, and enjoys competing regularly with her six horses.

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