Rehabilitating Senior Horses from Injuries

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Let’s face it: Horses, as a species, are about as accident- prone as they come. It’s no secret that we could lock them in a padded stall, alone, and they’d find a way to hurt themselves (and as my veterinarian once said, “You can’t wrap them in bubble wrap eitherÉthey’d just eat it and colic!”). So it’s fairly obvious that most owners and riders, regardless of how old their horse is, worry about injuries. But riding and competing an older horse, I sometimes feel as if I’m riding on borrowed time that could be over at any moment.

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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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