Originally Posted by CLaPorte432
CortaFlex with HA is a great oral supplement. And I do Pentosan IM injections.
I think she needs to be brought back into work slowly though. At 14, she isn't old, but she's not a young girl anymore and taking them to shows and running isn't going to be easy on her. She's going to try her heart out, but at what cost to her health?
Lots of long trotting to bring her back into work and build muscle. And I'd stop running until she is muscled up and fit. It's a good way to pull something.
I see the bump on her left knee too. Could be cosmetic, could be something more.
Also, quality of hay will impact belly size too. The lower the quality, the more of a hay gut they'll get due to not getting enough nutrients and poor digestion. (Not saying that you hay low quality hay but just throwing another option out there)
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I'll look into that. She gets rode 2-3 times a week at a trot or lope for about 30-45 minutes. Of course with lots of walking to cools down and breathe.
I suppose you're right with the running. She's been back for about two months, and I just started pushing her. Otherwise she ran her pace. I'll keep her back, and just condition her.
I won't work on the pattern, she's one of those weirdos who does bad at the actual race the more you work her on the pattern during the week.
We've used the same hay, unsure of quality for years. She always gets a big hay belly off of it. She's never been a hard keeper, she's actually always been on diets.
I've had her knee checked, there's no lameness from the bump, but she goes back for another exam in April.
I don't like to inject, my family and I are against it so we look more for oral treatments.