Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Nutrition: geriatric

Contributor(s): Zoe Davies, Katie Williams (nee Lugsden)

Introduction

Effects of old age

  • The horse can become less efficient at digesting and utilizing feed, ability to thermoregulate may be compromised and organs related to the digestive tract may start to fail.
  • Horses are usually considered old over 15 years and geriatric over 20 years.
  • There is no set time when the effects of old age become apparent.

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Reduced digestive capability

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Nutritional requirements

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Feeding management strategies

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The effect of organ failure and other diseases on nutritional requirements for the geriatric

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Ralston S (2000) Cuisine for the Golden Years. In: The Horse.
  • Robinson N E (1997) Ed. Current Therapy in Equine Medicine. 1st edn. W B Saunders Co, USA. ISBN 0721626335.


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