Hello! I have an ancient mare (38 ish) who is pretty arthritic. She's on HA and MSM and does really well. Lizzie rarely comes out stiff and if she does, she works out of it in less than 10 minutes. I still ride her 2-3 times a week and lunge her gently 2-3 times a week (walk, trot, canter if she's super hyper). Liz is definitely still going strong- I can't keep up with her! However, I'm concerned that because she loves being ridden so much, she's hiding things from me.
Lately, I've noticed Lizzie shifting between resting each hind leg while being groomed. She'll rest one leg and then 30 seconds later, switch to the other leg, switch back and then just stand square. She's also taken on a wider stance with her front legs in the last month or two.
Liz doesn't seem to be in any pain and does fine riding, holding her hind legs up for cleaning and getting up from rolling. It takes her some effort to get up, but that hasn't changed in the last 6 months.
My guess is that she's getting arthritic in her hips... does that sound right?
Also, should I try to keep her from running hard? She absolutely loves to run and had a hissy fit when I made her do a walk/trot ride last week. Pretty soon, the trails will be clear enough for us to head out. Should I avoid some of the steeper hills?
Here's the old lady, just because she's cute