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    02-06-2012, 04:17 PM
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Foal
Back-On-Track Boots

Hey guys,

Just wondering if anybody has any experience with the Back-On-Track stuff? My mare has recently developed a stiff hock (got the vet in - conformation issues), & wondering if their hock boots would help/work?

Thanks!
     
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    02-06-2012, 05:25 PM
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Trained
Did your vet do a whole diagnostic workup? Did he recommend a course of treatment?
Generally in order to treat something the most effective first step is to know just what you are dealing with. Is it spavin? Joint degeneration? Arthritis? All three are treated with subtle differences.

In general the biggest things you can do for the horse are provide her with 24/7 turnout with buddies to keep her walking, cold hose or ice the affected areas if inflammation is present post riding and if she is very sore, administer bute or asprin to reduce inflammation.

Back on Track is most effective on tight musculature, but some horses can find relief from it on their legs, other horses absolutely hate it and others it may not work.

Good luck!
     
    02-06-2012, 06:10 PM
  #3
Foal
We did do a full workup - I'm also a vet student, and I work for him part time haha. We decided the joint was slightly arthritic. She has 24/7 turnout now, and so far there's no inflammation. She's not obviously lame, she feels great under saddle, but is slightly off on the lunge, and after a flex test.

I was just wondering what the benefits of Back-On-Track were, I literally know nothing about it haha. The course of treatment he suggested was to keep working her as is, put her on Conquer (oral hyaluronic acid, to try and lubricate that joint), and just try to keep that joint as loose and happy as possible. If she gets worst - then time off will be given, and we'll do another workup to see if anything's changed.
     
    02-07-2012, 10:28 AM
  #4
Weanling
I have used the hock wrap on my mare after a puncture wound to the joint. It definitely took down the swelling, and it seemed to help reduce stiffness some. It wasn't a miracle cure, by any means, but it was helpful in conjunction with the rest of her recovery protocol.

As an aside, I actually have been wearing the other hock wrap (their sold in pairs) on my knee at night to help with some pre-arthritic changes of my own. You'll notice on the instructions that they tell you to slowly build up the amount of time you leave the wrap on (starting with just an hour or so and working up from there), and I cannot emphasize that enough. It really generates a lot of heat and some tingling from increased blood flow, and I think you'd risk a really agitated horse if you didn't go slowly with introducing them.
     
    02-07-2012, 11:23 AM
  #5
Trained
Don't expect too much result from the oral HA. Unless palpation of the joint reveals a lack of, or poor quality joint fluid then that is not your issue. There are also many studies which show oral HA is barely absorbed orally, if at all.
Your money would be better spent on adequan.
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    02-07-2012, 11:37 AM
  #6
Trained
ETA with arthritis, the last thing you want to do as well is give them time off, reconditioning them is terribly difficult. You should try your best to maintain her in the same amount of exercise every day. If she is not lame, and just flexing on the hock, then you should be able to put her on adequan and see the joint degeneration slow. She will always flex on that hock now though, all you can do is slow the progression of the arthritis through management and (imo) adequan.
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    02-07-2012, 12:03 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
ETA with arthritis, the last thing you want to do as well is give them time off, reconditioning them is terribly difficult. You should try your best to maintain her in the same amount of exercise every day. If she is not lame, and just flexing on the hock, then you should be able to put her on adequan and see the joint degeneration slow. She will always flex on that hock now though, all you can do is slow the progression of the arthritis through management and (imo) adequan.
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Agreed, we're going to try and manage it best we can. The stuff I'm using is Conquer, it's the only oral stuff out there that's clinically proven to make a difference, so we're going to give it a shot. I agree though, most oral HA products are crap.
     
    02-07-2012, 12:10 PM
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Started
I use a Back on Track knee brace on myself when my knee is kind of aching due to patella-femoral issues. I really like it. I can't say it's a miracle cure, but the heat generated usually does soothe away the ache.
     
    02-11-2012, 10:31 PM
  #9
Foal
I have the BoT saddle pad and the hind sport boots...definitely have noticed an improvement in both my horses. My horse Jester is recovering from a tendon injury and wears these every time he goes outside. So far so good- no problems. My other horse Charlie is nearing 14 and is stiff coming out of the pasture. He usually takes about 20 minutes to loosen up, but since I put these on, is ready to go in half that time (and with a lot less popping). I recommend their products. I am also going to be starting him on adequan, I've heard a lot of success stories with that.
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