The Old Horse

My first horse lived well into her thirties. She looked healthy right to the end. Her coat was shiny and she was in good weight.

She required a lot more grooming than in her youth. A young horse seems to be able to groom itself by rolling in sand and shaking it off. But an old horse needs extra currying and brushing and cleaning.

Her teeth were no longer as efficient. But I still fed her grass and alfalfa hay. She couldn't eat the coarse part of the hay so after she picked through it, I fed it to the younger horses. But she needed roughage so she ate the leaf of the alfalfa and a bit of the grass. I also fed her a manufactured horse feed. She had food in front of her 24 hours a day.

Her only problem was her knees that had calcium deposites that made it painful to bend her knees. I had to trim her feet while she was lying down. And she sometimes would lie down where she couldn't get up. I had to help her up many times until I couldn't do it without help from other people. Finally no one would help me anymore so I had to have her put down when she lay down in a particularly slippery area.



What to do when a horse lays down in a trailer and gets stuck. Raise the front of the trailer as high as it will go. Attach a long rope to the horse anyway that you can. Every time the horse struggles to get up, pull on the horse. That will slide the horse out of the trailer so it can get up.

When a horse lays down in a shallow hole and can't get up. Attach a long rope to the halter or a hind leg and pull the horse around until it can get in a position to get up.

When a horse rolls against a wall and can't get up. Attach a rope to a hind leg and pull the horse over away trom the wall.

When a horse rolls against a small tree and gets it stuck between its belly and the cook of its hind leg. Cut the tree with a small saw.

All of these maneuvers are dangerous so be careful. A horse getting up after down for a long time will stagger about to find its balance and step on you by accident.

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