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post #1 of 7 Old 10-08-2010, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Arthritis in left front knee

So we just found out that my girl has arthritis in her left front knee. She's quite the picky eater and doesn't eat the grain with the supplement we give her unless there is mapple syrup in it. I was just curious as to what I can do to help ease the pain when she is to be ridden. We have bute in pill form but she won't eat it even with some mapple syrup and grain mixed together so we will be getting the kind that you just shoot into their mouth like a wormer syringe. Here's my question...would it also help to put some veterinary liniment on her knee and wrap it with vet wrap while she is being worked? Or just use liniment without wrapping it?

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-09-2010, 05:07 PM
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I wouldn't recommend riding her with a wrap on her knee. Vet wrap could bind, and a spider bandage would be ridiculous. (Its hard enough to get one of those to stay on a horse on stall rest.) Mack has really bad arthritis, and we've managed to keep him moving with joint supplements (I use total joint care- expensive but worth it), and a bute alternative, because he too is picky with the meds, and I don't want him eating bute everyday-- it's bad for their gut. When he was still in regular work, I religiously rubbed his legs with liniment every single day I rode him. I can't prove that it made him more comfortable, but I'll also say that he never complained. Also, longer warm-ups and cool-downs.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-10-2010, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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FINALLY I get a reply! haha thank you lots. We use Yucca joint supplements for our horses but like I said, my girl is picky so we have to use some mapple syrup for her to eat it. What kind of bute alternative do you use?

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post #4 of 7 Old 10-26-2010, 06:34 PM
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sorry this took so long! I've been away.

I've been using BL Pellets. Mack is also pretty picky but he seems to munch these right down w/o noticing. They look just like pelleted feed and I think have some kind of flavor to them. I have to say too that I'm really impressed with the product. Even on bute he'd only rock his one foreleg up onto his toe to have his hoof picked, and now he picks it up normally for cleaning!
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-27-2010, 09:48 PM
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Injectable Rx Adequan works

It is very expensive, but does help restore the synovial fluids and therefore lubricate the joints. Not a good idea to Bute regularly, hard on digestive system as mentioned. We found that putting the bute inside a hollowed-out banana worked like a charm, however. My boy is retired with a huge arthritic knee. So sad, he's only 20 but former owners overrode him. He went completely lame a few months after I got him. Adequan helped him to move better overall and I'm hoping that his knee hurts less too. Apple cider vinegar is supposed to help, 1/2 to 1 cup per day. I mix it with rolled oats and if you like you can add a little molasses. My horses really like the tart taste. Good luck, I understand that if you keep your horse active and don't overdo it you can continue to ride for awhile.
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-28-2010, 12:04 AM
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Not sure if you have Legend shots there, but they are used fairly often up here for arthritic issues, many of my clients swear by them. I agree with everyone on the bute thing too!! Although there are many reason/times to intervene with this drug, your horse's health will be better served in the long run if you can be more natural with your maintenance of the issue.

It is my understanding that Adequan is for the joint and cartilage where as Legend is an injectable HA source which works on the synovial fluid around the joint. May want to look into which would suit the situation better.

Also, I personally use a straight MSM suppliment (no added glucosamine) for my guy with Arthritis and he is noticably more comfortable on it than without.
Hope that helps :)

I wouldnt wrap the legs, but I do rub him down with an Arnica rub after I ride.

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post #7 of 7 Old 10-28-2010, 10:12 AM
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As previously said, Legend and Adequan are your two best bets. T explained them well.
HA, Glucosamine and PSGAGs are all indigestible by the equine stomach. If you're feeding these you may as well grind up money and put it in the feed.

Cold hose or ice the knee after every ride, watch how hard you are riding and on a particularly hard ride, bute after. As long as the horse has no pre-existing stomach issues, a gram of bute once in a while will do no harm.

Good luck!
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