When you realize your horse is getting old
My sweet old TB is getting up there in age.
He has a great life, ridden lightly 3 or 4 times a week....on good grass twelve hours of the day, alfalfa hay or pellets, Pennfield grain, flax...regular vet, dental, deworming, farrier, etc.
This spring is the first time that I have noticed that he is having a hard time keeping weight on. My other two (not seniors) are having to have their grain cut back...this guy is having his grain increased (fed three times a day) and still won't put any weight on. He is not "thin", but a hint of rib is showing.
He's also been battling a corneal ulcer (now healed) that came on after conjunctivitis and is having heaves due to allergies.
Vet has recently looked at him and told me to start wetting all his food and left me with a bottle of Dexamethasone if he doesn't stop coughing (cough has gotten better)
But..he just mentally seems old this spring. A few dementia type moments.....BM said that she drove the mule in the barn before turnout yesterday and all of a sudden he just started hollering (his friends were in the stalls across from him as normal). I've noticed he just isn't quite all there anymore...duller to ride, spacey at times.
I do need to get a blood panel pulled....but do any of the COTH experts have any words of wisdom. I am a realist about it...He's in his 20s and has had a great life....I know he's getting old...but just curious if there is anything I should be doing and should I be worried about the weight? As I said, he is not thin, but not as heavy as he usually is in the spring. Probably about 100 pounds lighter this spring.