Horse Health & Wellness

What to Get the Senior Horse That Has Everything – For Christmas

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Credits: Lillian Shupe
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It’s always nice to get your horse a little something for Christmas – whether it’s a new halter, blanket, or a bag of treats.

But for the senior horse, who has been owned for a while, chances are it may already have a lot of those things. And for these older horse some of the best gifts you can get them might be free, or at least, inexpensive.

“Giving your senior horse something that makes them healthier and more comfortable is the best Christmas gift you can give,” says Laurie Cerny, editor of www.equineseniors.com

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Many of the things compiled by www.equineseniors.con for this year’s “A Senior Horse’s Christmas Wish List” are gifts that will keep on giving the rest of the year.

Cerny adds, “If the gift helps in keeping your senior horse more mobile, and or lessens the chance of illness or injury, the New Year will be all the more better.”

A Senior Horse’s Christmas Wish List

A deeply bedded stall

More free-turnout time and/or a run-in stall

A fly mask light enough to see thru with enough room for my eyes

A good massage

A fly mask on windy days to keep dust/hay out of my eyes

Low sugar treats that are good for me

A good mobility supplement for my joints

Dust free bedding and hay

A warmed bit on a cold winter's day

Less lunging in small circles and more in-hand walking/trotting

A good fitting saddle

An orthopedic saddle pad

A dental check-up

Smaller rations of hay fed several times a day

A slow feed hay bag/net

Clean drinking water 24/7

Warm drinking water during the winter

A horse trailer with a ramp (easier step-up/out for arthritic horses)

Unconditional love

Understanding on the days I don't move as fast or well as a used to

www.equineseniors.com is devoted to the care and competition of equine senior horses.  Find more articles and resources on caring for the senior horse, as well as product reviews, at the website.

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