I have a 26 year old mare who started to go lame about 3 years ago. After a couple of farm vet visits over that year I took her to a lameness specialist, probably a year and a half ago. She was amazed at how solid Molly was over all and said, of the joints we looked into, she has no arthritis. But she did find a bone spur right below the coronet band in her right front. Of course its poking something causing constant pain and in a in-operable location. Her advice was to use the mare, keep her fit, the spot will callous and the pain will be less, but that's all that can be done. I have regularly ridden this mare for many, many years and continue to do so. She starts off stiff but the lameness is not noticeable while riding (trail riding) and the rest of her old mare joints are better off after the ride. Some days are better than others with the foot in question. She seems like she is having a lot of sore days over the past couple of months, I am thinking about re-xraying her but I don't know if there is really a point.
The vet didn't think that shoes or a specific trim would do anything one way or another. Molly is on Cosaquin and MSM and has been for 9 years. Its frustrating that everything else is fit and sound but the poor ole girl constantly has this pain in the foot. Keeping her moving does seem to be the way to go but, arg! Poor girl. So. Curious if anyone has had any luck treating these supplementally? Not to mention her colt, now 8, fractured his ankle and tore tendons as a weanling so I constantly battle soundness with him. Another, use him and that is all you can do, situation. Read up on these silver lining herbs and they claim to help with weak tendons and ligaments. Maybe worth a shot all around or maybe a good way to waste $200?