Update on feeding the senior horse
Some horses remain physically active and healthy well into their twenties and yet others become "geriatric" by mid teens. These individual differences need to be taken into consideration when determining optimal management and feeding practices for the older horse. Older healthy horses do not necessarily require a different diet to their younger colleagues " although issues with mobility, dentition, thermoregulation, insulin resistance and changes in inflammatory status may occur even in the ‘healthy' older animal and need to be taken into account. This talk will discuss the various dietary approaches for the senior horse based on recent scientific findings. NB Veterinary or lay level
Saturday 17 November 11.00am - 11.45am Classroom, Royal Block
science behind managing the obese pony
Whilst an obese horse is not a new phenomenon, the number of obese animals especially within the pleasure/leisure arena appears to be increasing and it is becoming a globally recognised important welfare issue not least because it is associated with an increased risk of laminitis. This talk will provide an overview of some of the international collaborative research that we have carried out into equine obesity including 1) How can we measure, define and monitor equine obesity , 2) Why does it occur and why is it important? and 3) How is it best to manage the obese horse or an animal prone to obesity and how best to manage the obese pony. NB Can be at Veterinary or lay level.
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