How Long Do Horses Live?

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Can a horse live to 40 years old?

Many horses live to be thirty years old, much longer than even the oldest cats or dogs. In fact, many horses live beyond 30 with good care; some older horses are still ridden or driven lightly.

Variations in horse longevity

Advances in understanding animal care and veterinary medicine have increased the life expectancy of horses, just as improved medical and nutritional knowledge has benefited humans.

This means that horses and ponies are living longer than ever, as are many people. However, the reality is that some races live longer than others.

The average life expectancy of a domestic horse is 20 to 30 years. Many horses far exceed this average. Ponies tend to live longer, and many ponies continue to serve as school teachers well into their 30s.

Some ponies and horses can even reach 40 years or more. Larger horses, such as draft breeds, are generally not as long-lived as smaller breeds, such as Arabians. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. There are some very old draft horses out there.

It can be difficult to tell how old a horse is

However, extreme old age can be difficult to verify, especially if the horses do not have identification documentation and have changed owners several times.

You can tell the approximate age by looking at a horse's teeth, but teeth are not a 100 percent accurate way to determine its age, especially as they age past twenty.

So unless a horse has some kind of competition passport or registration documents verifying his identity, age information can be lost.

Help your horse live a long and healthy life

Many people report that with good care, their senior horses continue to live healthy and useful lives. With careful attention to the basic upkeep of an older horse, such as feeding, dental, and hoof care, many horses can remain healthy and useful into old age and remain a joy to their owners even when fully retired.

Some can still be used to give lessons to children, while other older and retired horses keep young horses company and teach them good horse manners.

Others are simply enjoyed for their personality and presence.

Sometimes a health problem will force the owner to euthanize a horse before he lives his natural lifespan. Complications from colic will force a decision, or a horse may be in constant pain due to a health problem.

While it does not seem natural and is a very difficult decision, euthanasia is preferable to the horse living a life of pain and struggle. However, horses in good physical shape have a much better chance of living a healthy and useful life much more than horses of several decades ago.

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