Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: North central Iowa
Another Idea on a Forehand Heavy Horse?
As many of you probably know, my horse, Rusty, tends to move on the forehand. He leans on the bit, especially at the canter. Even when he's been in better shape, the problem hasn't gotten better.
Well, we took Rusty to the vet today along with my other horse to see if he needed to get his teeth floated. I mentioned this problem to my vet, and he did a hock flexion test. Rusty has a 1 to a 1.5 on the flexion lameness scale (if that's what it's called lol) in his right hock.
Could this be what is causing Rusty to be so heavy? He hates backing out of trailers, picking up his right lead, and does not like to go downhill - he would rather go fast. He does stumble occasionally too, and he motorboats around corners.
The vet said that it is not advanced enough for hock injections, and I agree because that's super expensive anyway. He recommended Buting Rusty and seeing how that goes.
Is Bute legal in competition?
What supplements have worked for you in this situation? I have heard a lot of good things about SmartPaks, so I was wondering what people have used and liked in this particular situation. The vet recommended Cosequin, which I am willing to give a try. But I also thought SmartPaks.
What is your take on it?