WWhy Old Doesn't Necessarily Mean Sick
“He’s just old, there’s nothing you can do about it.” How often have I heard this sentence, for example, from veterinarians? The underlying idea is that age must be associated with illness, pain and frailty. In many cases it is expressed, because the other person has no idea as to how they can alleviate the symptoms of the aging horse and preserve the horse’s quality of life. Long-term pain therapy for arthrosis is not an option for horses, because of the strain on the liver and kidneys, and the prospects for palliative therapy seem limited. The old horse quickly falls through the grid of conventional medicine.
First, let’s look at what age means biologically. Living beings have a genetically determined lifetime that varies by species. A very simplistic conclusion is that this is dependent on body size. Very small animals have a very fast heartbeat and therefore a limited life expectancy. Death occurs much earlier in these animals than in a large mammal, because the performance of the cardiovascular system is already exhausted after a few months or years.
We all die when our heart muscle stops working and the blood flow to the brain ceases. Not a second earlier. Many animals do not experience an age-appropriate exhaustion of the heart muscle and the following death by heart failure, because they are killed beforehand. The reasons for this are as varied as how the animal lived prior to their death. Wild animals are preyed on by predators, farm animals are slaughtered, pets are euthanized due to diseases caused by breeding or irreparable damage within the musculoskeletal system.
If this is not the case and the animal can live to experience its old age, then over the years we observe a natural reduction in vitality. Classic age-related diseases such as Equine Cushing’s Syndrome are rare in horses. However, at some point the physical decline begins (depending on the horse’s posture, life history, medical care and breed) because horses, their organs and musculoskeletal system are not genetically designed to live to an age of 100.
Cell renewal in the tissues decreases. The joints of the horse, the teeth, the performance of the immune system and the circulation are affected the most. Chronic diseases and physical stress, which over the years have received no attention or have not been treated causally, now lead to an additional reduction in the horse’s quality of life.
We cannot prevent the natural aging process, but we can recognize the signs of aging very early in the bioresonance analysis and treat them in a proactive manner. Do the joints form enough cartilage or do arthrotic changes already exist? Are hormonal imbalances present that could eventually lead to Cushing’s syndrome and weaken the horse?
How can we help our senior to better adjust to hot summers and exhausting coat change times?
The holistic view of the aging horse, its psyche, diet and individual, physical stresses is always and in every case well worthwhile.
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