Our older pony has taken a long time to shed her winter coat. It has lost the vibrant sheen it once had. How can I help? – Shawn F., Greenwood, SC
First, make sure your pony is healthy by having your veterinarian perform a complete physical exam on her. Cushing’s Disease is a common problem in older horses and ponies, and can result in long, curly hair as well as other symptoms. Next, discuss your pony’s nutrition with your veterinarian. Dental issues, parasites and simple old age can all affect how well she can chew her food as well as digest and absorb it. Now may be a good time to gradually switch her over to a senior diet. Finally, senior equines can benefit from a few carefully selected supplements such as digestive support, antioxidants like Vitamin E and Vitamin C, and support for aging joints. But there’s nothing like Omega 3 Fatty Acids for a shiny coat!
[Ed. note: Originally printed in the May 2010 issue of Salt Block Gazette]