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        09-24-2013, 11:51 PM
      #31
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    Can I ask how you treated the arthritis? And how was it diagnosed? Xray?
         
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        09-25-2013, 12:53 PM
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    Weanling
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    Can I ask how you treated the arthritis? And how was it diagnosed? Xray?
    It was diagnosed through x-rays and is treated with hock injections, Previcox and glucosamine injections or supplements. Eventually we will probably do Adequan. The hock injections in particular made a world of difference and he has not balked or bucked since. Before that his bucking and weirdness were to the point that I actually cried after rides out of frustration!
         
        09-25-2013, 01:03 PM
      #33
    Started
    Ignoring the bad, rewarding the good. That is how he works. I do a lot of that. If you do not ignore the bad he'll set up a battle that is very hard to win, the reason so many people have trouble even being around him. And yes, he really prefers to be asked.


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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    Can I ask how you treated the arthritis? And how was it diagnosed? Xray?
    Was this addressed to me?! :s He does not have arthritis. He fractured his ankle and tore a tendon as a yearling, playing with his weaning buddy. I am sure he will have arthritis, but for now its just like my badly sprained ankle. If I jump or run wrong it'll act up for a few days.

    As far as a lameness specialist. He has seen two, neither of them really impressed me. However I have got to imagine that if he can trot and canter with very little walking time for an hour down a trail, that trotting in the arena shouldn't be an issue. If he does twist his ankle in the pasture and is sore, he does not get ridden. As much as I don't love the diagnosis that he's been given of "ride him when he's sound" it has actually made a difference.

    He has had now 3 sets of x-rays in his life and one ultrasound. They feel that he healed but it is what it is. It will cause him trouble if he twists it in the pasture and they suggested that he not be exersized in deep sand. The vet suggested he wear a SMB for workouts if I'd like some ankle support.
         
        09-25-2013, 05:56 PM
      #34
    Foal
    Hmm this sounds absolutely like my horse except he doesnt throw AS BIG of tantrums but when he isnt in the outdoor arena, he walks very sluggish and NEEDS a crop to get trotting and even then will throw his head a lot... he will canter as well but the thing is it takes a lot of pushing and when I do.. his favorite tactic??? TRIPPING/STUMBLING b/c he refuses picking up his feet, he'd rather drag them, and rather be half-paying attention when in the indoor... now that's a dangerous stunt... He is diagnosed with arthritis but he's on supplements and I give him steroid injections monthly myself and he has on and off lameness in the right hind hoof which makes trotting and cantering counterclockwise very difficult... No idea how to get him interested now winter is coming and we will have to train indoors..
         
        09-26-2013, 04:14 PM
      #35
    Weanling
    [QUOTE=... They feel that he healed but it is what it is. It will cause him trouble if he twists it in the pasture and they suggested that he not be exersized in deep sand. The vet suggested he wear a SMB for workouts if I'd like some ankle support.[/QUOTE]

    I've just started using the SMB neoprene boots with my mare that had a bone chip removed from one fetlock several years ago, which I believe sometimes gives her pain, and it's made a world of difference. It actually supports the fetlock, restricting some of the movement, causing less aggravation on the scar tissue. I've been riding her in fairly deep sand, and she's fine during and after her, admittedly short, sessions.
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