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        06-04-2013, 09:11 PM
      #11
    Trained
    If it is indeed arthritis, which sounds very plausible, full turnout will do a world of good. The standing in the stall all night or all day is harmful. If there is a way, get her out of the stall altogether. That may not be an option, but then I don't have a suggestion how to make the stall time less difficult for her.

    I had a horse with arthritis -- I used MSM and glucosamine powders from the local health food store in his food once a day (twice to begin with to "dose up"). It did seem to help. The health food store is sometimes cheaper than the horse health section, but price it out in your area.
         
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        06-17-2013, 05:39 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Thanks for all the advice! I have put my mare on Majesty's Wafers and I give her half of one a day and then a whole one before a show and it works wonders!! But I'm just wondering, are your horse's arthritis problems really bad or just minor? Please let me know and also how often do you ride and do you show at all? If so, in what events? Please let me know! Thanks!
         
        06-17-2013, 06:55 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    My mare has also developed some hock arthritis at 14, and I just had this conversation with the vet. She was grade 1 lame in her lameness exam. We x-rayed her hocks, and found mild arthritic changes, then gave her IV Legends, which she'll be getting every two weeks for now, and once a month later. He suggested that I put her on Cosequin ASU, but I prefer the Smartpak branded supplements, so I've started her on SmartFlex Senior. I've also gotten her some back on track hock boots, but haven't gotten to use them much yet. My vet emphasized that arthritis can be unpredictable, but thought she'd be sound to ride for 2-5 years, and encouraged me to continue to ride her since motion helps. I'd consider my horse mild/moderate. She was perfectly rideable before any treatment, but I took her in because she ended up with swelling of the tendon sheath after a really hard ride (3 hours, jumped a big embankment, galloped up some big hills) and I had noticed slight stiffness this spring. I'm planning to make more of an effort to hold her back when we're out on the trail by ourselves so that she doesn't strain herself again, and hopefully with management I'll be able to ride her for a long time to come. I'm a little sad that I'm not going to get to do much jumping with her though. I thought about selling her to a trail rider, but I've decided that hock arthritis at her age is not the end of the world since she is otherwise a really good match for my current lifestyle. I don't have the time and energy to commit to a young horse right now. I try to ride her 3x a week, but sometimes am too busy. I do a H/J lesson once a week, a long trail ride, and 1-2 shorter rides in the pasture. Like I said, she doesn't seem off when I ride, but occasionally seems stiff standing in the pasture. I've had older horses with worse arthritis, and managed them with only MSM and bute, but they were not my primary riding horses, so I just wanted them comfortable in the pasture and ok for the occasional ride. Do you know what joints your horse is most affected in? I think that makes a difference.
         
        06-27-2013, 09:57 AM
      #14
    Foal
    I'm not sure what joints but it was very minor. She would be stiff coming out of her stall in the morning, but before I would ride her, I would lunge her and after that, she wasn't stiff anymore. So I just figured it was minor arthritis or something so I started her on joint supplements and it's working great for her. And she's only 10 years old, but I do compete in gaming classes with her and she seems much better now that she's on supplements.
         
        06-28-2013, 12:45 PM
      #15
    Foal
    I'm no horse expert, but just found out my 13 year old gelding has slight arthritis. He was "diagnosed" with navicular a few years ago (before I got him) and they immediately put shoes on him. He became lame about a month after I got him, so we took the shoes off and his limp steadily got better. The vet came out yesterday, diagnosed him with arthritis and said the shoes most likely made the arthritis worse. He did not find any signs of navicular (not saying he doesn't have it, but he wasn't showing any pain or lameness from it IF he does have it.) The vet recommended keeping the shoes off, continuing full turn out and making sure he gets plenty of exercise. All horses are different, but that is what my vet said about mine :) Sorry, no help on the supplement side....
         
        07-05-2013, 07:29 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Maximizing the Performance of Pentosan

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    Okay, so my 10 year old Quarter Horse mare has stiffness issues. When I take her out of her stall in the morning she is soo stiff on just one of her front legs and her other front leg is a little stiff. She is out to pasture all day and then I bring her in for night or vice versa. Before I work her, I always lunge her and she loosens up a lot after that but she still is kind of stiff.
    I was told to put front shoes on her but I don't know how that will help her joints, yes maybe she will be more balanced but I don't know how that will help her joint problems. I would like to try some joint supplements for about a month and see if that works for her. Have any suggestions for joint supplements??
    And do you think the joint supplements will help her enough that I will not need to put shoes on her? Please give me some advice on this topic!
    Pentosan is a wonderful product that we carry in stock in a variety of sizes. We have 6mL, 50mL, and Pentosan Gold which has Glucosamine included. A good course of action is a 6ml dose once a week for 6 weeks to fully load the Pentosan. Thereafter you can use 6ml monthly or bi-weekly. Some owners use bi-weekly as they seem to feel it doesn’t allow for any soreness or stiffness. You can compete while using Pentosan. If conditions require you can also use Glucosamine or Joint Motion X in conjunction with Pentosan. Together these products will greatly reduce the pain and inflammation in your horse. If you have any further or more detailed questions please let us know.
         

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