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        08-26-2011, 09:01 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Arthritic :(

    The vet just told me my 11 year old ottb has some arthritis goin on. Any ideas of good exercises I can do to keep his blood flowin and keep him comfortable? He's on good supplements and is happy and healthy otherwise!
         
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        08-26-2011, 09:03 PM
      #2
    Trained
    Just keep him moving, continue working him but you may need to take a little longer in warmups when the weather is cold to loosen him up. I would have him on msm and joint guard or a similar product.
    Magnetic boots have also helped my gelding with arthritis in a hock.
         
        08-26-2011, 09:12 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    Thanks!! He's just very stiff, he also has thin soles so I don't want him to be too uncomfortable. I think keepin him movin will help with though!
         
        08-26-2011, 09:17 PM
      #4
    Trained
    Keeping them moving definitely helps ;) Movement helps to increase natural lubrication in the joints which will keep your horse far more comfortable. My coach was using her 25 year old andalusian as a school horse when he retired from dressage competition. He was arthritic but quite comfortable being ridden lightly 5 days/week. She decided he'd paid his dues in life and brought him to my property to retire with my other horses. Within 1 month he had gone hugely downhill and was very sore and stiff, so was put to sleep shortly after. Amazing how much difference a little bit of work can make.
         
        08-26-2011, 09:55 PM
      #5
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    I agree with keeping him moving. Don't stall if you can avoid it, make sure he has shelter but let him have freedom of movement. My 27 year old has a stall that opens into his paddock and he loves it. I'd also put him on a joint supplement and shoes would probably help the thin soles..
         
        08-26-2011, 09:59 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    Ya, I put shoes on him about 4 months ago, and he went out on pasture about a month ago - and he's on a supplement...hopefully all these things will help!
         

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