In my ideal world there would be no need for God’s Window Senior Horse Rehab. All horses that spent their lifetime serving humans would get to retire in full health and continue to thrive until they died a natural death.
Unfortunately, this is not the case for many senior horses. By the time they come to God’s Window, they are typically run down emotionally and physically. All the decisions, whether good or bad, that were made about their care earlier in their life usually catch up with them, either to help them thrive or to bring about their demise.
The good news is that good nutrition and a natural living environment will do wonders for stopping and reversing the downward spiral. As long as the body is alive, it wants to heal. The question, however, for a run down senior horse is, “Will they live long enough to see full health restored?”
With my first senior horse, yes, he is still going and in good health. When he first came several years ago at the age of 26, everything fell apart in his first year of rehab. The second year he put his body back together. The third year he thrived. He continues to thrive today, and he is 33 years old.
With my second senior horse, no, he died before his full health was restored. While we resolved his chronic diarrhea immediately, it took 3½ years for his coat to no longer be sticky. Arthritis set in in his last 1-2 years of life. Thankfully we found a joint supplement that made a difference, and we saw steady improvement over six months. However, we ran out of time. He died before we saw his complete return to full health.
No matter how old your horses are, or what purpose they serve for you, take a moment and consider how you want their senior years to be. Decisions you make today about their living environment, exercise, hay quality, nutrition, dentistry, chiropractic and any other healing modalities will have a profound impact on their quality of life in their senior years.
The good news is that given the right environment, senior horses can thrive in their golden years. You have the power to make a difference in your senior horse’s life today. If you need help with your senior horse, please contact us.