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post #1 of 3 Old 09-16-2009, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Arthritis Supplements

I have an older (15) Appendix, retired show jumper, who is having a little bit of stiffness in his hips. He does stock up and the vet told me that was fine, but he also has some early arthritis in those hips and the vet said to start him on a gluco/chond/MSM supplement. He is also overweight so that is contributing to it, but we are working on that issue too.

So, what are your preferred supplements for treating arthritis?
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-16-2009, 02:02 PM
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I have had really good luck with the supplements from Nutrition Supplements--Equine Nutrition on the Net They are a good company to work with and they will custom blend any of their products or ingrediants, no extra/custom charges. The flax base really brings out the shine too .

Another thing to consider is turn out time. Horses that stock up and/or have joint issues need as much turn out as possible. I know turnout/pasture is a hard thing to come by in San Diego (I grew up in the Oceanside/San Marcos area), but if you can swing daily turn out, it will really help him. Have him turned out with a friend, so they can run and play, for at least 3-4 hours a day. If you can't swing turn out, then you might see about having someone ride him at the walk/trot or hand walk him daily (no hot walks or lunging as small circles are hard on the hips/joints), or just turn him out in the arena and "free lunge" him for 30-45 minutes.
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Thanks Luvs, I ended up going with Triflex for him. Says it will take about 8 weeks to start showing any improvment, so we shall see! It has flax as well.

On the turnout, he does not get it during the day he just has his stall and run. But I go out there everynight and ride for about an hour or lunge for 15-20 minutes (easy work since he is getting back into shape) and then I hose his legs off for 15 minutes (for the wind puffs) and I let him loose in the arena for an hour of alone time. I think its really important they get alone time. He gets all his "play" spooks out and gets to investigate the scary parts of the arena.

Off topic, Yesterday it was so funny, I was sitting on the mounting block at one end of the arena (its a galloping size arena) reading and he was running around doing his thing. I looked up and he was trotting down the middle of the arena right at me, but there was a crossrail jump set up between us. So he stopped at the jump and walked his front legs over it and just stood there straddling the crossrails. I said what are you doing? And he just plowed right through the jump like a tank lol and came and stood next to me. Horses are so funny sometimes.
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