Keep ‘Em Moving, Part II


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I have, for the second time, been reminded of the golden rule for keeping senior horses active: Keep them moving.

The first time it happened was in late 2015. Dorado (then 19) was just coming back into work after his bout with laminitis and three months of stall rest. He was feeling a bit stiff under saddle and it took several weeks of long walks and slow trots to get him back into the swing of things and moving like I knew he could.

The good news? By early 2016 and throughout the year, thanks so some help from our veterinarian, Dorado was moving better than ever and showed no untoward effects from the laminitis. We’ve had quite a mild fall and winter in Kentucky, so he’s remained in full work (save for a few short vacations here and there). And I’m beyond pleased to say that at 21, Dorado feels as good as he ever has and is still totally excited to go to work every day.

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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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