Poll Recap: Older Horse Care Concerns

Readers said maintaining weight, osteoarthritis, and other lameness were their top senior horse care concerns.
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As our beloved equids age, they often experience health issues ranging from minor concerns to problems that require immediate and continued management. What’s your biggest concern for your older horse?

We posed this question to our readers in last week’s online poll. More than 700 people responded and we’ve tallied the results!

Of the 739 respondents, 197 (27%) said maintaining weight is their biggest concern for their older horses, and 197 individuals (27%) are most concerned about osteoarthritis and other lamenesses. Another 152 people (21%) said diseases such as pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID, also known as equine Cushing’s disease), equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), and insulin resistance (IR) are their biggest older horse care concerns, and 107 respondents (14%) are concerned about keeping their older horse active and moving. Some 43 respondents (6%) have other concerns for their senior horses, and the remaining 43 respondents (6%) said they do not own an older horse.

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Written by:

Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer, is a lifelong horse owner who competes with her Appaloosas in Western performance events. She is a University of Kentucky graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Communications and Leadership Development, and master’s degree in Career, Technical, and Leadership Education. She currently lives on a small farm in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

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