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How Long Can Horses Live?

Dr Mark is a veterinarian. He works with small animals, exotics, horses, and livestock.

Horses can live a long time when properly cared for.

Horses can live a long time when properly cared for.

Horses can live a long time, but their lives average about 30 years. In some areas, the lifespan is a lot longer, but in others—where younger horses are injured and put down at work and older horses are sold for meat or dog food—their lives are tragically short.

A good friend of mine lost her Arab male when he was in his late 40s. Arabians, Quarter Horses, Paints, and some other breeds can live a long time, but the records for the oldest horses are usually held by Arab crosses.

How to Help Your Horse Live Longer

If you want your horse to live a long life and be as productive as possible, one good tip is to keep his or her life as natural as possible. Horses like to move around and eat all day and being stuck in a stall and fed a few flakes of hay or scoops of grain will lead to behavioral vices and secondary health problems.

Horses are also social animals, and if your pasture does not allow for two horses, you are unlikely to keep your horse happy and healthy alone.

This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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