Understanding the emotional and physical impact of caring for an older horse *H&H Plus*

  • Equine OAPs are in the limelight in the latest research round-up from Peter Green MRCVS

    Care conundrum

    There is overwhelming evidence that keeping a pet or caring for an animal like a horse or pony is good for our mental wellbeing.

    With the increase in pleasure horse ownership, the distinction between horses as working or competition animals and as pets has become less clear. Horses are also being kept into their geriatric years more than they used to be; in the US, the proportion of those aged 20 or older has increased by over 50% since 2005 and the same trend is apparent in the UK.