Interactive Tool Helps Owners Keep Senior Horses Healthy

by | 05.08.2019 | 1:20pm

Owners of older horses now have an easy way to learn about the care and management of their senior horses, as well as what conditions may affect them as they age. Developed by Equine Guelph and Boehringer Ingelheim, the Senior Horse Tool takes into account a horse's breed, health, use and history as there is no specific age at which a horse is considered a “senior.”

Continuous reassessment of the horse is important; a major issue facing senior horses is Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID), which can affect between 15 and 30 percent of older hoses.

The new tool offers a group of photos for the viewer to determine which horse has PPID. There is also a quiz that tests readers knowledge on the management of senior horses, including health challenges, pain recognition, general care and end-of-life decisions. Additional videos and fact sheets that cover nutrition, dental care and osteoarthritis offer even more information to readers.

Read more at Equine Guelph.

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