A horse can either be aged chronologically (how many years the horse has been alive) or functionally. Functional age takes into account the horse’s use, for example, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred is ‘old’ for racing but ‘young’ for Grand Prix dressage competition. Most of the time, we refer to our horses by their chronological age with horses in the late 20’s and into their 30’s considered geriatric.

Preventative husbandry for old horses

Geriatric horses often require a more closely monitored preventative medicine regime compared to younger horses. A few areas that are at higher risk of developing abnormalities include:

  • Dentition (teeth)
  • Parasites burdens
  • Hooves
  • Hormonal system
  • Digestive system

The team at Camden Equine Centre are here to help with advice and support for your geriatric horse.