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    11-16-2012, 10:50 PM
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Foal
Corral him or pasture him?

Hi all,
So, I've been argueing with myself for a while about this and today my friend said it sounds like its time to stall him.

So, this horse is 5yrs, very big and thick, and he has arthritis in both hocks. We put him on Adequan and I've noticed him moving better. Well before, the arthritis was throwing his back out, now it seems like since he is feeling better and moving like he should, its causing his hindquarters and back to be sore since he and his muscles are not use to it (I keep having talks with him about not pushing it but you know boys ) I've stopped riding and working him completely now, and I do massage, mineral ice, and stretches. It works very well, and I've noticed after he's had his blanket on for a while his muscles are relaxed and not sore.

His hindquarters look more muscled and less flabby, but he is still sore though its getting better.

He is on 24/7 pasture with 3 other horses. Should I leave him be? Or corral him and lightly exercise him daily on the ground? Also, anyone have any ideas on helping his back? Im considering buying a muscle supplement that's designed to help a horse's muscles stay healthy while its recovering.

Any thoughts? Stall or pasture? Or stall half day, pasture half?

Thanks,
ThePaintGirl
     
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    11-16-2012, 11:04 PM
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Started
I've only ever gone by the rule that a horse with arthritis is best kept out 24/7 if possible as the movement is good for the arthritic joints, whereas standing in a stable for long periods just leads to worse stiffness.

As for getting all the muscles working properly, I'd just say that slowly slowly does it and if he's sore then maybe this is an indication that you were taking things too fast.

5 is very young for arthritis does the vet suggest why it has started so early?
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    11-16-2012, 11:18 PM
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I've only ever gone by the rule that a horse with arthritis is best kept out 24/7 if possible as the movement is good for the arthritic joints, whereas standing in a stable for long periods just leads to worse stiffness.

As for getting all the muscles working properly, I'd just say that slowly slowly does it and if he's sore then maybe this is an indication that you were taking things too fast.

5 is very young for arthritis does the vet suggest why it has started so early?
He would be in a 100x100 corral, verses 50 acres, so he would still have room to walk

What did I do to fast that caused the soreness? I havent done anything with him but stretches on the ground.

The vet just said its just his conformation that caused it
     
    11-16-2012, 11:30 PM
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Trained
You might try adding some MSM to his feed to help keep the inflammation down and muscles less sore. I would keep him on pasture if at all possible, doesn't sound like he's hard to catch. If that becomes an issue, 100 X 100 is pretty generous and he'd have lots of room to move around, especially if you put his hay in small piles around the perimeter to make him move.

I'd exercise him at the walk both directions for maybe 15 mins each way and see how he does. If that made him sore, cut back until it doesn't and then build from there. The more he moves the less he'll hurt.
     
    11-17-2012, 12:44 AM
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Yearling
I had an arthritic old mare. Best thing I did for her was put her in the pasture and around other horses that would push her around and keep her moving. When I did that she would very rarely get sore. Kept her loosened up I guess.
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    11-17-2012, 12:53 AM
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What did I do to fast that caused the soreness? I havent done anything with him but stretches on the ground.
Sorry, I misread your post and thought that you had been riding but now have stopped. My error.
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    11-17-2012, 01:53 AM
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Trained
Hmm, if he's only 5yo & already arthritic, suffering on full time meds, terrible confo, sounds like the fairest decision you could make for him may be the hard one. Poor boy. Was he started early or worked hard already? 'Grown up' too quickly on rich diet or such? Or was he just born with wonky legs?

Definitely keep him turned out. Keeping horses confined is not good for them physically or mentally - of course is sometimes unavoidable & the better evil, but I would imagine he'd be worse, not better, for being restricted. If it comes to having to restrict him too, I'd consider it's time.... Have you looked into cartrofen(sp?) for horses, which *may* possibly help treat the problem, if it hasn't got to the osteo stage, rather than just a symptomatic treatment?
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    11-17-2012, 09:59 AM
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Green Broke
I had a gelding years ago that was sickle hocked and developed bone spavins. Vet said to keep him moving. The spavins hardened and while he was a bit stiff to start with, he was fine once warmed up.

A 5 year old horse with spavins.. and a sore back and so forth... not so good. Keep him turned out and moving.

I have arthritis and they tell me that while they are not ready to send me to the knacker (yet...), I need to keep moving. Sitting still means it is that much harder to get going. Don't confine him as long as you can see him and lay hands on him daily. See where he is in 6 months.

BTW they have me on that same 6 month "see how she does" thing. Man.. I gotta keep moving and make sure I am irreplaceable at work by then! ;)
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