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post #31 of 70 Old 07-15-2013, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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I have said that his legs have improved greatly and are barely stiff now - so please, that subject is closed.

I will not be posting photographs - I do not think that is necessary any longer. We called the vet and I will be going with what the vet said.
FWI, I am not hurting my horse. You have not been here to see it for yourself - so I do not know how you can be the judge of if I am hurting my horse or not.
another FWI: The day we found out his leg was stiff was the last day he was ridden. I may have said I would ride him to get a video - but I am not doing that and if I do get him to lope, it will be from the ground. We have horse meetings coming up and my friend will be riding my horse until I see that Golley is no longer showing signs of any stiffness and will double check with the vet.

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post #32 of 70 Old 07-15-2013, 05:56 PM
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You just said that you were riding him as he was stiff and hobbling around...did you honestly think people wouldn't bring up what a bad idea that is??

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The day we found out, yes. But we had to find out were all he was stiff at and such. But only for a few minutes. I was careful - very careful.
I have not ridden him since those few minutes on that one day and will not be riding him for a few more days.

The vet also said to make sure to work him often because he is tight from him showing his age. The less we work him, he will be stiffer. The more we work him and warm him up then his muscles and such will loosen up and if we wished then we could lope - but only for a few minutes each day.
But I will not be riding him for at least a month, just to be sure with everything. When he does get rode again then t start it will not get to a trot or higher for quite a while.

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If he's gotten that obviously stiff from lack of exercise, it would be kinder to bute him before and after until he's in better condition. That's pretty common practice for an older guy like yours. Have you considered more aggressive treatments for his arthritis? Legends, Adequan, or the similar generic drugs pentosan and polyglycan are supposed to be pretty good.

If he is not warming up out of the stiffness, he needs additional treatment before he can really be ridden. At least a pain medication.

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Was he actually examined by a vet or did you just describe what he is doing?
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post #36 of 70 Old 07-15-2013, 10:35 PM
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Oh so he's all better now????
Hummm... Weight loss, Maybe not showing 3 legged lameness but still a stiff & horse with poor performance at Trot & lope to me this strongly points to a SORE/hurting horse. Don't kid yourself,horses can be very stoic about dealing with discomfort ,the signs he's giving you are clear , but are being ignored.Instead you go on riding him very likely causing him more distress!!! If you profess to love your horse then have him examined by a vet & find out what his issues are.From there do what you can to have him more comfortable/happy & serviceably sound.
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I think the OP said she intended to give him some time off, not keep riding him. If it's arthritis, though, that can be a hard call. Time off/stall rest sometimes will make it worse, but the horse is in pain when you ride, so what can you do? I think a vet confirmation that it is arthritis is first priority, then some kind of treatment (legends+bute is what we just did for my mare), and light exercise with a pain killer. Maybe hand walk? Maybe just ride him in good footing at a walk? If it's really arthritis, he needs to move.
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I think the OP said she intended to give him some time off, not keep riding him. If it's arthritis, though, that can be a hard call. Time off/stall rest sometimes will make it worse, but the horse is in pain when you ride, so what can you do? I think a vet confirmation that it is arthritis is first priority, then some kind of treatment (legends+bute is what we just did for my mare), and light exercise with a pain killer. Maybe hand walk? Maybe just ride him in good footing at a walk? If it's really arthritis, he needs to move.
It has a chance of being arthritis but it absolutely wouldn't just 'happen' in 9 days, not with weight loss and everything else she's claiming. There's a bigger picture than is being painted

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I think he should see a vet for sure!

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He is about 22 years old
and he was in a stall without being ridden for 9 days. He could also have aggravated it last time he was ridden. Plus, she's in MT, where temps can change a crazy amount in a day. It's tough on arthritis there.

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I think he should see a vet for sure!

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and he was in a stall without being ridden for 9 days. He could also have aggravated it last time he was ridden. Plus, she's in MT, where temps can change a crazy amount in a day. It's tough on arthritis there.
He's not stalled. He lives out in a pasture
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