I was given Starship a little over a year ago, he is an OTTB who won over $230K. His trainer wanted him to be usefull to someone as he is too young for retirement (14).
When I got him I was warned he had knee issues from an old slap fracture and had developed arthritis. I am giving him supplements (glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM).
This is what it looks like: Starship22 on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
He got kicked in the shoulder 3 monhts ago and was confined to his stall for 2 months to let him heal. When I started riding him again he was off, I remembered he had been off before the kick and had the vet come out. We gave him a shot of legend and he is to get bute daily "to take the edge off".
2 Weeks later again, still off. He looks and feels awefull. So I called his trainer again to discuss retirement or finding him a pleasure home, I ride dressage and really want to compete. He told me that I was warned he has this issue and that I should have the vet out to give him a cortisone shot and he'd be ok in no time. When he was still racing he got up to 2 shots a year and he was fine. That it was a wonder he had lasted this long without one.
Does anyone have experience with cortisone shots?
I looked it up online and found different stories, from " it is awesome" to "sure, if it works", to "hell no, you're not doing a horse any favors".
I don't want to be that person who just keeps a horse going because I want to ride, but I don't want to retire him when I can keep him going without making it worse for him.