The most important things to be aware of are digestion, metabolism, soft tissues injuries and old age inflammation.
Millions of horses owners are keen on knowing how to make a better life for their ageing horses and to keep them with them in good shape as long as possible.
Researchers are aware of the call of theses horse lovers and have studied the many departments where senior horses require special attention. In particular :
metabolic and hormonal issues, tendon and muscle weaknesses, feeding and exercise regimens, and lung and airway diseases, to name a few.
The studies fall into three major categories: metabolic and endocrine disorders, soft tissue injuries, and probably the fastest-growing field of the relevent topics—“inflamm-aging.” Amanda Adams, PhD, of the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center, in Lexington, coined this term to describe the phenomenon of age-related inflammation throughout the body.
Older horses have a tendency to develop a number of metabolic and endocrine disorders like PPID. This, in turn, triggers a series of other ailments. 20% of senior horses develop PPID.
Diet is the main way to control this disease and there is some excellent news : Senior horses digest pretty well the same way younger horses do. Special diets are designed for special conditions but as long as the oler horse is in good shape, he can keep eating the same diet as his younger counterparts.
You can know more about the health of senior horses in this very well documented article What We’re Learning About Senior Horses
Very sweet picture of this old horse was taken by KatVitulano Photos on Flickr