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post #51 of 70 Old 07-18-2013, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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oh, ok. I think I might look into that. Thank you!!

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Please do not bute and then work the horse.
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post #53 of 70 Old 08-16-2013, 12:21 AM
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I think it's odd that people ask for advice here and then don't take it. Then others end up worrying about THEIR horse. At least I do...
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For an update:
Golley is doing very well! We have put therapeutic shoes on him for his arthritis. They are shoes that have a slight bend in the toe so it makes it easier for him to move his front legs more. They have been working very well!
We also have him on Cool Calorie 100 and senior feed and those are helping very nicely with his weight. His weight is mostly back to normal and his health is great.
The vet said that if we think he looks good and his legs and body move nicely during his on-ground exercises, then we can ride him for a little bit, but to not overdo it.
So every now and then we ride him bareback for a few minutes, but we never go above a lope when we ride - we noticed during his exercises on ground, that when he loped he bobbed his head a lot. That is because he is just stiff though, and we should not worry.

Golley is showing his age, nothing more. He is not sick or anything and he eats and drinks just fine and sleeps fine as well.

FYI: This is what I had been saying before as well. I said the vet did come out and we are exercising him.
He is also getting supplements and better feed. As well as shoes. Thank you.

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post #55 of 70 Old 08-17-2013, 04:38 PM
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Well Golley has improved quite a bit. His weight seems to have gotten just a tad bit better and his leg is hardly stiff at all now.
I took some photographs of Golley's flanks - where his weight loss is most noticeable. As well as the bottom of his hooves for deserthorsewoman: I took photos of the front and both sides of his legs and his soles.

Again, his legs have improved greatly - so I am no longer concerned about his legs. When we loped he felt like new again, no more "hopping" feeling.
Right now I am worried about his weight - it hasn't gotten worse and it hasn't gotten better.

Why are you riding a horse that is having ANY issues with lameness or stiffness?

That is beyond cruel.

And if his weight is down too, than you should NOT be riding him period until you get a vet out to see what is going on.
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She just said that the vet came out and gave those recommendation of ground exercises and very short riding......
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[QUOTE=Palomine;3381938]Why are you riding a horse that is having ANY issues with lameness or stiffness?

That is beyond cruel.

And if his weight is down too, than you should NOT be riding him period until you get a vet out to see what is going on.[/QUO

You need to read post above you op updated horse is better now.
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Why are you riding a horse that is having ANY issues with lameness or stiffness?

That is beyond cruel.

And if his weight is down too, than you should NOT be riding him period until you get a vet out to see what is going on.[/QUO

You need to read post above you op updated horse is better now.
with as 'skinny' as he was, there is no way that barely a month later his weight is good enough to ride.
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With as 'skinny' as he was, there is no way that barely a month later his weight is good enough to ride.

We don't know how skinny he was pics were never posted maybe he wasn't that bad.Whatever not our horse or our dicision if and when he should be riden.
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post #60 of 70 Old 08-18-2013, 12:11 AM
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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.
I have been interning at a vet clinic for quite some time now, so I just thought I would weigh in on this comment. I don't want to come across as rude or negative, however I wouldn't recommend giving bute before AND after a ride, especially if you ride a lot. Bute is actually really hard on a horses stomach and should be given in moderation. I know that around here prevacox is really popular - it is an anti-inflammatory (like bute is), but it isn't as hard on their stomach.

Glad to hear your horse is doing better! :)
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