Arthritic at a Young Age?
So my young mare is 3 (turns 4 in August) and she is back at the knee. I finally decided to get x-rays done just to see. The vet said that she is highly prone to getting arthritis at a young age and to start joint supplement immediately. Well, my horse is now on Platinum.
I know regular exercise is beneficial to an arthritic horse but what else can be done? I feel like theres a dimmer future for her. I bought her as a baby to raise to be a jumper. It doesn't look like that is going to happen though thanks to her conformation. I'd hate to have a second horse that has limitations (I've had my other horse for 13 years, he had bowed tendons and frequent injuries, and now he is just too old to jump). I hate the idea of selling her because I'm afraid of her ending up in poor conditions. I just don't know what to do though.
If she is prone to it already, how soon will it actually set in and how much will it affect her performance?
Honestly, any help in the subject of arthritic horses would be much appreciated.