With better veterinary care, horses are living longer than ever, just as better health care extends the life of humans.
You can expect a healthy horse to live for over 25 years. A horse living into its 30s is not uncommon any more.
If you own a mature horse, it’s wise to watch it for signs of aging, so you’ll know when to start treating it as a senior citizen. Not all horses age at the same rate and not all will require the same care. Here are the signs of aging you’ll need to watch for so you can provide your horse with the very best.
Several charts and calculators have been created in an attempt to compare a horse to human age. That’s difficult to do, as the maturation and aging rate of horses and humans is very different. However, just for fun, here is one example of a horse to human age comparison chart and an explanation of why comparisons are not precise.
Telling a horse’s age by looking at its teeth is not exact, but it will tell you the approximate age. Horses’ teeth erupt through the surface of the gum almost all its life, until the tooth itself is completely worn down.