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post #1 of 7 Old 08-07-2014, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 9 year old mare that has some arthritis in her leg/foot that the vet said sometime down the road could turn into ringbone thanks to the calcification around the join. I heard that Apple Cider Vinegar can prevent/reverse the calcification issue and was wondering if anyone had any other ideas as to what I can do? (I want to help treat this, not hide it with Bute and other painkillers.) Right now she is clear for light riders, but not for over 130lbs.
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Hi, yes, arthritis is pain/inflammation in the joints. Osteoarthritis is diagnosed when xrays have shown bone remodelling/calcification/ossification. 'Ringbone' is a term for this when it's in a horse's lower limb. If it's articular ringbone, meaning within the joint, it can be very painful and eventually seize/fuse the joints.

Mechanics/hoof function and nutrition are important factors in cause & 'cure'. Tho I think mechanics are the more major cause when it just affects fetlocks & the horse doesn't have joint pain elsewhere. So... I would look at his nutrition & try to ensure it's well balanced, I would also consider a supplement specific for joints, such as ACV, glucosamine, etc, and I would be looking very closely at hoof function/balance.
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I would be looking very closely at hoof function/balance.
Yes, that, reducing the unbalanced.abnormal forces on the affected joints is the MOST important. Flares, long toes, side to side hoof imbalances, and flat shoes fit to the edge of a flared or long the foot all contribute to the development of arthritis including ring bone (which IS a kind of arthritis) .
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Update: She may also have Navicular Syndrome as well. Will find out more on the 21st.
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Yes, that, reducing the unbalanced.abnormal forces on the affected joints is the MOST important. Flares, long toes, side to side hoof imbalances, and flat shoes fit to the edge of a flared or long the foot all contribute to the development of arthritis including ring bone (which IS a kind of arthritis) .
Thanks, shoes aren't an issue as she is barefoot.
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Thanks, shoes aren't an issue as she is barefoot.
You missed the point. Shoes don't cause it. INCORRECT trimming and shoeing cause it . So the barefoot trim could also be incorrect.
Special shoeing to help the foot have even more leverage reduction around the edges can sometimes help even more than the best barefoot trimming. But the first place to look is the trim itself. Always.
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You missed the point. Shoes don't cause it. INCORRECT trimming and shoeing cause it . So the barefoot trim could also be incorrect.
Special shoeing to help the foot have even more leverage reduction around the edges can sometimes help even more than the best barefoot trimming. But the first place to look is the trim itself. Always.
Thanks, sorry I misunderstood. I'm also going to look at orthotic boots as well.
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