How long does a horse live? Advances in the understanding of care and medicine have increased the lifespan of horses, just as it has humans. According to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, many horses live beyond the age of 30 with good care. The average age is 28 + 5 years. That means the average life span is 25 to 33. Many horses go well beyond this average. Ponies tend to live longer with many ponies still serving as schoolmasters well into their 30s. Larger horses like draft breeds are not as long lived as smaller breeds such as Arabians. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule.
Many people report that with good care, their senior horse continue to live healthy lives. With careful attention to basic maintenance of a senior horse such as feed, dental and hoof care many horses can remain sound and useful into their senior years.
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