Tuesday, December 29, 2009

the horse's age

A horse's age is important to know. The best way to tell a horse's age is by looking at its teeth. Horses usually live to about 23-24 or sometimes to their 30s. Old horses need more food and caring. This is because the older horses are slower and their bodies don't work nearly as well. (Like humans when they're old.) Old horses usually will have to be checked by the vet several times to make sure that the horse isn't sick and is eating properly. Usually old horses get a disease called Colic. This is where the horse is in pain and starts frantically rolling to try to get away from the pain. When this happens, the vet will be needed at once. Old horses should not be ridden. This is because the horses can't carry the weight of a rider anymore and are slower than usual too.

1 comment:

Just what are those Woods up to? said...

I didn't know that a horse's age could be determined by looking at its teeth! Very Interesting.