Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group, which has surgeries throughout Northumberland as well as one in Ponteland, will be running a winter events programme on horse health.
Older horses can suffer from a multitude of ailments such as arthritis, liver and kidney problems, cataracts, degenerative joint disease and loss of body condition, so the vets will be running specialist health checks throughout November and December for those aged over 15.
On Friday, December 6, a heart scanning clinic will also be held at Fairmoor Equine Clinic in order to catch any problems at an early stage.
The jewel in the crown of the programme, then, will take place on November 28, when Burgham Golf Club will play host to a Keeping the Older Horse on Track event.
The evening, which begins at 6.30pm, will see Alnorthumbria director and equine practitioner, Lesley Barwise-Munro, give a talk, along with guest speaker Professor Andy Durham, a specialist in Equine Internal Medicine.
Durham is a partner at Liphook Veterinary Practice in Sussex, and has a particular interest in equine metabolic syndrome, liver disease and ophthalmology.
He lectures frequently both in the UK and abroad, and has published extensively on a wide range of equine medicine subjects.
Mrs Barwise-Munro said: “Horses can live well into their twenties if cared for properly, so we have put together the programme specifically for owners of older horses in the hope of educating and extending the lifespan of their horses.”
Anyone wanting more information on any of the events in the Winter Programme at Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group can contract their local branch, call 0333 666 995 or visit www.alnorthumbriavets.co.uk