Pre- and Post-Exercise Care for Seniors


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Centuries ago, Sir Isaac Newton said that a body in motion tends to stay in motion, while a body at rest tends to stay at rest (yes, I just channeled my inner “Big Bang Theory” science geek for that one!). And in a lot of ways, many veterinarians are preaching something very similar to owners of relatively sound senior horses: One of the best ways to help maintain such a horse is to keep him in regular exercise. Think about it: If you keep his aging joints moving, they’re likely to keep moving. If you let his joints “rest” for too long, there’s a good chance they’ll get creakier.

After every jumping session, I ice Dorado’s front legs for 30 minutes, apply a topical anti-inflammatory, and wrap his legs in standing wraps

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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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