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    12-03-2012, 04:51 PM
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A woman on my yard has a 22 year old horse who suffers badly with arthritis and with it been very cold this winter she is wondering what to do for the best because when she is in her stable she stiffens up and last summer the vet said she is best in the field so she can move around but with it been cold she is going stiff in the field now also what do you think in or out for the best if she in over night she can be out through the day
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    12-03-2012, 05:25 PM
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What supplements has the vet suggested?
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    12-03-2012, 06:37 PM
We really need more info before we can help you out.. Is she rugged or un-rugged, is she fed any special food, is she grazed with other horses, does she eat hay, what are her teeth like etc.

With arthritis, I would say she is probably best outside too.. If she is getting cold, make sure she has a nice warm rug on and plenty of hay to keep her warm, if the arthritis is mainly in her legs then maybe you could put those fluffy paddock boots on to keep her legs warm as well.

What is her weight like? Is she overweight/underweight/right on target?
    12-03-2012, 06:55 PM
And im not above buteing when the horse is at her worce..will help with some swelling and take some pain away so she can start to move and limber up. In fact I do it to myself the same way..asperine but it helps me get moving some mornings..when its happy trails
    12-03-2012, 07:06 PM
I have a 26 year old that's a bit stiff from arthritis I give her MSM and glucosimine makes a huge diffrence. I also blanket her and keep her out as long as weather isnt horrible. I even took her out riding today she loved it hadnt riden her in 4 years moved right out at the walk. Think it helped limber her up plan on riding her a little more this year.
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    12-03-2012, 09:03 PM
Kept out & rugged adequately. If the horse is in such pain that she won't exercise herself anyway though, she needs something for the pain. This is a palliative only approach & not so good for her system, so if she's that uncomfortable, sounds like it could possibly be time for the really hard question to be considered.
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    12-04-2012, 05:09 PM
The vet recomended that we didnt use travel boots as it stops her bending her legs properly also she has been out in all weathers but with a warm rug on she is on 2 bute aday she is not on any supplements only happyhoof and hay as she suffers from laminituse
    12-04-2012, 08:59 PM
Originally Posted by lauralu1986    
the vet recomended that we didnt use travel boots as it stops her bending her legs properly also she has been out in all weathers but with a warm rug on she is on 2 bute aday she is not on any supplements only happyhoof and hay as she suffers from laminituse
Yes, I wouldn't advise leaving a horse in travel boots unsupervised anyway. Re supps, if she's arthritic, on bute(for how long? - long term can cause gut damage & lead to laminitis attacks) & also laminitic, I would most definitely have her on probiotics & nutritional supplements.

There was a concern about giving glucosamine to IR people & horses, but *I think* it has been found to be safe - can't find the report I had or remember the details though, so don't take my word for it.

Anecdotal evidence suggests extra Mg in their diet has a good effect on IR/laminitis prone horses, but recently there has been some exciting research done, that appears to show this more than anecdotally. Many normal nutritional supplements such as 'ration balancers' are full of molasses, grain based, etc, but not all by any means, so just because a horse is laminitic doesn't mean you won't be able to supplement her to assure well balanced nutrition. That of itself will help her deal better with laminitis & arthritis IMO.
    12-04-2012, 09:04 PM
Being blanketed adequately, having free area to move around, some MSM has helped mine tremendously and during the really cold times I give a very small amound of bute. Mine also rides out on the trails with my leason a couple times a week.
    12-05-2012, 12:44 AM
Yy mother in law has a mare with arthritis and she fed her Recovery X with amazing results when she is at her worst in the cold winter months. It is not cheap, but if the horse is suffering then it is a great product with great results.

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