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        04-22-2009, 08:40 PM

    I was out with my gelding today and noticed a slight clicking in his left front area, I couldn't pinpoint exactly from where, but I think it was in his shoulder. It didn't seem to bother him at all, and it happened every single time he lifted his front left foot. I've never heard this in him before and it didn't start until I started lunging him.... is this something to worry about? He is 5 years old. Should I get him on a joint supplement? If so, what kind?
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        04-23-2009, 12:25 AM
    He could have just been a little stiff, or having an off day. Some people would think that 5 is too young to be on a joint supplement but IMO you can't go wrong with some light support. I love the Smartsupplements, I have my gelding on the Smartflex Senior and he moves and acts like a 4 year old! Smartflex Maintenance is made for younger horses and it's pretty cheap: SmartFlex I Maintenance - Joint Supplements from SmartPak Equine
        04-23-2009, 08:06 AM
    My horse has a "clicking" from his hips, always has. I had a few vets out to look at it before I bought him and each said it was just an airy joint. He only does it at the walk and he always warms right out of it. Is this the one you are buying? Maybe make a list of everything you want the vet to look at so you don't forget? I know how stressful those can be
        04-23-2009, 11:14 AM
    My San Peppy mare has had a click in her hip ever since I got her about 20 years ago and she has never had a lame day in her life. Now she is 28 and the only reason she is retired is that I have young horses that need rode or I would still be using her. If it really concerns you, you may want to check with a vet but I bet it is nothing to worry about.
        04-23-2009, 11:22 AM
    Thanks guys, that does make me feel a little better. Rider4life, yes, he is the one I am buying. I am going to go see him this evening, and the vet will be out tomorrow morning. That is a really good idea to write everything down, because I know when it comes time I will be too excited and forget everything I wanted to ask about. Thanks!!
        04-23-2009, 07:58 PM
    Green Broke
    This might sound stupid, but are you sure it's in his joints? Does he have shoes? If he has shoes then it might be the shoes clicking from him over-reaching.

    But if he doesn't have shoes then I use CortaFlx for my 17yo ottb mare. She's never had problems on it and i've found it to be a good maintenance supplement!

    Good luck!
        04-24-2009, 07:53 AM
    He doesnt have shoes, it's not from his feet - it was from the shoulder area. He didnt have any clicking yesterday.... weird.
        04-24-2009, 02:12 PM
    Green Broke
    Ok just checking. I guess I was just hoping it wasn't a joint issue :)

    Let us know if you find anything out about the click!

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