Nutrition of the aged horse
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|Versailles, Kentucky : Kentucky Equine Research|
|Trefwoorden (cab)||diervoeding / paarden / verouderen / voedingsbehoeften / voedingsstoffenbehoeften / paardenvoeding / diergezondheid|
|Paardachtigen / Diervoeding en voedering (algemeen) / Gezondheid en welzijn van dieren|
|Toelichting (Engels)||Ageing is defined as the ‘‘accumulation of changes in an organism or object over time’’ (Jarvis, 2009). Horses are living into their 30s, and the changes that occur to their bodies with the ageing process are highly individual. Horses that have been well cared for during their youth and middle age will have a better chance of survival and quality of life as they enter their golden years. Aged horses that have no difficulty maintaining appropriate body condition and are free from disease and dental issues will be able to thrive on a diet similar to younger horses. The increasing number of healthy aged horses could be due to improved husbandry with greater owner awareness of advancements in nutrition, farrier care, and routine management, as well as improvements in veterinary care (Ireland, 2009). Elzinga et al. (2011) found no differences in digestive capacity between healthy aged and adult mares. Therefore, the requirements will be those of the regular maintenance horse, and no special adaptations or considerations will be needed. As long as a horse remains healthy in this program, there is no need to switch to alternative sources of forage or special concentrate for seniors.|