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I’ve lost count of how many articles I’ve written or edited about senior horses in which the sources or researchers stress to owners that, if they want their elder equids to stay loose, comfortable, and working happily, they need to keep them moving. But it never actually sunk in until last week, maybe because 19-year-old Dorado has stayed in pretty consistent work and never really felt stiff or sluggish (unless he did something incredibly stupid to injure himself, of course).

Following his laminitic episode in June, we had to keep Dorado quiet (read: in a stall where he’d stay still opposed to in a field where he’d run around like a wild man) to minimize the damage to his hooves’ internal structures. He eventually graduated to limited and then nightly turnout, but under the supervision of a babysitter who refuses to partake in his shenanigans.

Dorado is slowly getting back to work, which we’re hoping will help loosen his stiff body up

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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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