Huey is 17 and is a retired GP show jumper. He's in good condition, but yes, he definitely gets a little stiff, and it shows up more in his hind legs than his front ones (although his front ones can get stiff too). He is very good about picking up all of his feet upon request (actually, he knows the program, and usually is picking up his foot before I get there) but he leans with the back feet and does not pick them up very far from the ground. Also, he's usually stocked up in his hind ankles after a night in his stall.
I think it's a very good idea to get him checked out, especially if he's losing weight. Huey is stiff and a little arthriticky, but he's not usually in *pain*, so we deal with his issues by giving him a good senior-horse joint supplement and making sure he gets plenty of turnout and gets warmed up for a nice long time before we do anything vigorous. If he was hurting, he'd be getting bute, not just the joint supplement.
I would also add that my vet said he shouldn't be jumped > 1 foot because then he would probably wind up in pain, so we don't do that. He still wants to jump anyway. :) If you want to do eventing, you'll want to get this issue thoroughly checked out, maybe get some scans so you can make an informed decision about the jumping.
Last edited by ThursdayNext; 12-02-2011 at 09:11 AM.