Canada’s Equine Guelph has developed a new tool to help horse owners understanding health challenges common to the aging equid.
With the medical and research advances of today, horses are living longer lives. These are not the only reasons that horses are happily trotting into their late twenties or thirties. Behind every example of a senior shining with good health is an educated horse owner with an excellent support team.
Recognizing changes and not just dismissing them as “old age setting in” is a large part of the responsibility assumed when caring for the senior horse.
Guelph’s Senior Horse Challenge goes far beyond testing general management knowledge of hoof care, nutrition and dental care with its quiz of 20 questions. It will assist horse owners to understand health challenges including diseases, disorders and conditions that can effect the senior horse.
There is also a special section geared toward becoming adept at pain recognition. As a prey species the horse is a master at concealing weakness. The savvy owner is ever vigilant noticing subtle changes in behavior and stays on the lookout every time they groom for lumps, bumps, cuts, heat or swelling and sensitivity to touch. ‘Old’ does not mean put out to pasture; the senior horse still needs daily care to stay in optimal health.
“Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd is very pleased to be able to partner with Equine Guelph on the Senior Horse Challenge project,” says Jelle Bergmans, Product Manager for Bovine and Equine at Boehringer-Ingelheim.
“We believe that this educational tool will be highly valuable for those who own or care for senior horses. By increasing the awareness of health issues and management of aging horses, we hope this will result in improved health and animal welfare for these seniors.”