Nutritional Management of the Older Horse

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Leisure animals now comprise the majority of working horses in industrialized nations; a shift that has decreased workloads yet improved veterinary care and lifetime health. Although many horses now progress well into their 20s without any requirement for dietary modification, age-related changes are insidious, and older animals benefit from regular veterinary monitoring to identify, address, and ameliorate the inevitable onset of age-related “disease.” Basal metabolic rate decreases with age; older animals expend less energy on controlled exercise, and there can be an increased propensity toward the development of obesity, which needs to be recognized and managed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-354
Number of pages12
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Equine Practice
Issue number2
Early online date18 Aug 2016
Publication statusPrint publication - Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Aged
  • Geriatric
  • Horse
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • PPID
  • Weight loss


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