Your Senior Horse’s Past Life


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As a senior horse owner, I’ll admit thatÑmore often than I’d like to own up toÑI get a bit nostalgic about my horses. Whether I’m out for a hack on 18-year-old Dorado (and I’m not having to hang on for dear lifeÉ) or glancing at photos on the wall during a television commercial, I reflect back on the lives my aging horses have lived, what they’ve experienced both with me and their previous owners, and laugh about funny memories they’ve given me.

It’s helpful to know as much about a senior horse’s history as possible should the veterinarian ask if he or she has ever done “X” or ever had “Y,” should a health concern develop. We knew Dorado had raced in the past when he developed swelling and lameness in his right foreleg, so our veterinarian had some ideas of where to look for a possible culprit

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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