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  • End stage arthritis in horses
  • Can a horse with arthritis be ridden

 
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    11-28-2011, 12:10 PM
  #1
Weanling
Arthritis In Horses

I have an older horse with end stage osteoarthritis, he really enjoys being ridden but ever since he's been diagnosed I've been cautious to ride him. He has bone rubbing on bone, he also has bone spurs as a result of the arthritis. We don't know what caused this, they wont inject him anymore because he has been injected so much before we got him that it doesn't work much anymore. :( The vet said he can be ridden walk trot, and that it wont hurt him to be ridden.
What are your thoughts on riding him? I really just want to let him sit in the pasture and keep him comfortable but where he loves being ridden and worked I don't want to not ride him if I can. Because when I go out to get my other gelding from the pasture to ride he'll fallow us up and watch me ride from the pasture. :'(
     
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    11-28-2011, 02:30 PM
  #2
Foal
I would most likely follow your vets advice and see how your horse is with being ridden - does he get worse etc. Also, what about joint supplements in his feed etc. as he can't get injections anymore?
     
    11-28-2011, 02:34 PM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by munschk    
I would most likely follow your vets advice and see how your horse is with being ridden - does he get worse etc. Also, what about joint supplements in his feed etc. as he can't get injections anymore?
He get's a mixture supplements [completely forgetting the names right now that my vet suggested] and liniment every day, with bute when he's stiffer then normal.
     
    11-28-2011, 02:48 PM
  #4
Trained
The best thing for arthitic horses is daily light exercise. You can't "weekend warrior" these horses, you have to ride them consistently every day. The best is doing a little bit every day and slowly working up to maybe a half hour or hour of light riding per day, mostly walk. See where his limit is and stay below it.

As far as joint supplements, any glucosamines fed orally will not be absorbed. MSM has been shown to be absorbed but in this case I don't think it would have much effect. You might as well top dress his feed with powdered sugar. The most important things are lots of turnout with encouragement to move around (buddies, placement of hay and water in opposite corners, etc..), maintenance of weight (body scores of no higher then 5 or maybe 6) and only after that more therapy.
I like asprin, daily for an anti inflammatory as it is easier on their stomachs. You can get industrial sized bins of it, grind it up and make a paste like bute or top dress the feed if he'll eat it. I also like cold hosing over liniment for topical treatments. You might also look into IM injections of Adequan as in some cases it has actually been shown to regenerate cartiledge. I'e had great success with it. However it is expensive. You might also talk to your vet about treatment with Tildren, IRAP therapy, etc.. but these are also expensive options. The lowest cost alternative is probably Legend IV and an IM glucosamine once or twice a month. This will replace and actually work better than oral supplements and be of a similar cost.

Good luck!!
     
    11-28-2011, 05:11 PM
  #5
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
The best thing for arthitic horses is daily light exercise. You can't "weekend warrior" these horses, you have to ride them consistently every day. The best is doing a little bit every day and slowly working up to maybe a half hour or hour of light riding per day, mostly walk. See where his limit is and stay below it.

As far as joint supplements, any glucosamines fed orally will not be absorbed. MSM has been shown to be absorbed but in this case I don't think it would have much effect. You might as well top dress his feed with powdered sugar. The most important things are lots of turnout with encouragement to move around (buddies, placement of hay and water in opposite corners, etc..), maintenance of weight (body scores of no higher then 5 or maybe 6) and only after that more therapy.
I like asprin, daily for an anti inflammatory as it is easier on their stomachs. You can get industrial sized bins of it, grind it up and make a paste like bute or top dress the feed if he'll eat it. I also like cold hosing over liniment for topical treatments. You might also look into IM injections of Adequan as in some cases it has actually been shown to regenerate cartiledge. I'e had great success with it. However it is expensive. You might also talk to your vet about treatment with Tildren, IRAP therapy, etc.. but these are also expensive options. The lowest cost alternative is probably Legend IV and an IM glucosamine once or twice a month. This will replace and actually work better than oral supplements and be of a similar cost.

Good luck!!
Thank you so much for the help! It's greatly appreciated!!
     
    11-28-2011, 05:49 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I'm sorry for your horse's diagnosis. There is not much you can do about bone on bone except pain control. Surpass works pretty well.
If he were a person he would be looking at getting a joint replacement but as that is not possible I would let him tell me how much he wants to do.
     
    11-28-2011, 05:53 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by natisha    
I'm sorry for your horse's diagnosis. There is not much you can do about bone on bone except pain control. Surpass works pretty well.
If he were a person he would be looking at getting a joint replacement but as that is not possible I would let him tell me how much he wants to do.
I know, when I heard him say "bone on bone" I completely shut down. I think I must have cried for hours, I'm so scared I'm going to hurt him by riding all I do now is hand walk him a couple times a week for about ten minutes.
     
    11-28-2011, 06:58 PM
  #8
Started
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
The best thing for arthitic horses is daily light exercise. You can't "weekend warrior" these horses, you have to ride them consistently every day. The best is doing a little bit every day and slowly working up to maybe a half hour or hour of light riding per day, mostly walk. See where his limit is and stay below it.

As far as joint supplements, any glucosamines fed orally will not be absorbed. MSM has been shown to be absorbed but in this case I don't think it would have much effect. You might as well top dress his feed with powdered sugar. The most important things are lots of turnout with encouragement to move around (buddies, placement of hay and water in opposite corners, etc..), maintenance of weight (body scores of no higher then 5 or maybe 6) and only after that more therapy.
I like asprin, daily for an anti inflammatory as it is easier on their stomachs. You can get industrial sized bins of it, grind it up and make a paste like bute or top dress the feed if he'll eat it. I also like cold hosing over liniment for topical treatments. You might also look into IM injections of Adequan as in some cases it has actually been shown to regenerate cartiledge. I'e had great success with it. However it is expensive. You might also talk to your vet about treatment with Tildren, IRAP therapy, etc.. but these are also expensive options. The lowest cost alternative is probably Legend IV and an IM glucosamine once or twice a month. This will replace and actually work better than oral supplements and be of a similar cost.

Good luck!!
May I ask about the sugar? Is it like a ant-inflammatory or something, and how much would you recommend feeding for a 900 lb horse? Casey has been a little stiff lately, and I have been looking for something to help. Thanks!
     
    11-28-2011, 07:08 PM
  #9
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by caseymyhorserocks    
May I ask about the sugar? Is it like a ant-inflammatory or something, and how much would you recommend feeding for a 900 lb horse? Casey has been a little stiff lately, and I have been looking for something to help. Thanks!
Sugar is used as the "control" substance in scientific studies because it does nothing.
Call a vet and discuss options with them as they will be able to give you more specific solutions than I.
     
    11-28-2011, 11:42 PM
  #10
Started
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
Sugar is used as the "control" substance in scientific studies because it does nothing.
Call a vet and discuss options with them as they will be able to give you more specific solutions than I.
I have, and I did but had to stop as they cost $100 and lasted about two months and showed no improvement. I am going to talk to him when he comes to do fall Rhino/flue shots.
     

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