The researchers used online questionnaires to gather information from 1,448 owners of geriatric horses, asking specifically about the oldest horse in the respondent’s care. The questionnaire was designed to gather information on the health status of the horse, the perceived physical care burden ---the “time, cost and labor taken to manage an older horse,” according to the study---and the perceived emotional care burden, described by researchers as “various stressors experienced by the caregiver that can include heavy workload, feelings of depression and guilt, and communication difficulties, which may result in emotional limits to one’s coping ability.” For the purposes of the study, a chronic condition was defined as any health issue lasting more than three months.
The survey also included questions addressing the level of attachment between the horse and the person, veterinary care decisions, any traumatic events involving the horse and the emotional reaction to the death of the horse.
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PROGRESS AND STRUGGLE IN SENIOR HORSE CARE
A study from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University confirms what many dedicated horse owners have long known: Caring for a geriatric horse with a chronic health condition can be a significant physical and emotional burden.
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The season ahead may be hard on aging horses in cold climates but with some planning and preparation you can help yours sail through until spring.
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With modern vaccines and wound management practices, tetanus is almost a thing of the past. But the threat persists, so it’s wise to remember which horses are most at risk and why.
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