10-12-2009, 03:12 PM
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It depends on the cause of the lameness.
My cousin's horse is 17ish and he's also semi-lame, but it's not very noticable. She has had him seen by various veterinarians, but no one can quite pin-point what is causing it. He's fine walking and cantering, but sometimes does a slight headbob at the trot.
They can't find anything that seems to hurt him, and they don't know his history. He is treated monthly with chiro and gets acupuncture every 3 months. She also got him a custom saddle. The chiro seems to help the best. She still rides him 3-5 days a week, doing strictly dressage. Although her trainer will jump him every now and then.
She evens shows him at Training/First level dressage (schooling shows) since he's fine on just 1 gram of bute. No judge has ever said anything to her about the way he looks.
It's really weird, but it works for them and she's never had a vet say "this horse needs to be retired", "he's in pain" or "he's field sound only".
It's obvious he loves what he does, and he's managed properly. It depends on your horse, the problem, what kind of light riding you're going to be doing and most importantly, the opinion of your vet. Good luck!