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    01-02-2012, 09:28 PM
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I agree with the previous posters.

As another thought, if you can, once I started blanketing Lacey a few years ago I REALLY noticed an increase in how much she moves around her pasture. It seems like the blanket helps keep her muscles and joints warmer so she's never really stiff. She does have stiffer days but not anything a few minutes of gentle movement can't work out. In Lacey's case, the colder she is, the more uncomfortable she is so if I keep her warmer she's MUCH more comfortable.
I blanket Miss Lacey as soon as daytime temperatures are hitting 50F with a sheet and move to heavier blankets with every 10 degree drop.
Of course, Del might hate being blanketed that much but you also might notice an immediate improvement, like I did.

Is there any way that you can get her moving (at a walk, maybe hand walking? Or ponying?) for about 30 minutes everyday? I've heard that daily movement is crucial for seniors (it's crucial for Lacey but in a different way - to keep her from killing me with her antics! Haha).

Maybe that's all stuff you're already doing. Lol!

She's looking great! I think her weight is perfect. Not skinny and not fat.
I love old horses. They're the best. :)
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    01-03-2012, 12:09 AM
I would think a Hyaluronic acid supplement, ideally in injection form would be just the ticket for this mare.

If you want to feed it instead of injecting it, you want a liquid to see the best results. I have used lubrisyn with great success on an arthritic horse, which can be combined with a glucosomine/chondroitin/msm product like grand flex or next level. I have used both and I liked next level better (somehow the liquids seem to absorb better) You can safely double dose next level, which over a month or two will make a difference.

Then you want to address pain, so something with devil's claw would be good like BL solution.

What I have suggested is expensive, but since money isn't an object in her old age, it should help quite a bit.

You can try topically applying DMSO as well, it increases blood flow and I use it on my own knees. Bengay works for horses as well, or any topical cream for soreness (just don't use with the DMSO at the same time).
    01-03-2012, 01:08 PM
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Thank you very much, everyone- for your kind comments and your advice. I'm sure Delriah appreciates it just as much as I do!

Wallaby- that is definitely a logical thought. She has a light winter blanket that we have always given her once it gets to about 45 degrees, but I'm sure that we could look into buying her a more heavy duty blanket if it would help her. She isn't fond of blanketing, but she seems to appreciate it once the wind starts picking up (Texas wind is really what kills us here, not the cold itself!). Her winter coat has always been very thick and hardy, but last year it didn't grow as thick as usual, so I'm expecting her to need a bit of extra help this year.

As for moving around, that's something I've been thinking about. Up until lately she's been ridden in our therapeudic riding lessons and on the trails at a walk and light jog, two or three times a week- so we never really had to worry about it. I'd really like to keep up her muscle tone (we joke that of all of our well bred quarter horses and TBs, she's still the best looking that we've got) as much as possible. I'm out at the barn four days a week, and can hand walk her for 20 minutes or so (more if I didn't soak her legs) around the arena, but I'm not sure about the other three days. I might be able to find someone else who can walk her. As I mentioned before, she is being ponied on the trails as of right now, but we won't be able to do that very much once it gets muddy and icy.

Laceyf53- thank you for all of the helpful ideas! I failed to mention in my original post that we are a non profit therapeudic riding facility, and so have extremely limited funds (especially with the economy lately, and hay prices) so some of those ideas may not be options for us, dispite how much we love our Delriah. However, I will absolutely look into them and discuss them with the veternarian.
    01-03-2012, 02:06 PM
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How blessed you are to have such a hardy, wonderful horse! She looks great. Sounds like you are doing everything right for her,& have some options to further ease her in her retirement. Since my horses are 19 & 20, this encourages me that we have more years to enjoy the trails together.
    01-04-2012, 09:11 PM
Originally Posted by Endiku    
What if we put her in a paddock with one or two of her more steady, easy going companions? We have a 80x60 foot area that has better footing than the area that we have her in now (which is a dry lot, and so gets very muddy) you think that would be feasable? I could probably get permission to move her and the 28 year old, as well as our miniature donkey or one of the therapy ponies into it, if it would help her.
I think that sounds like a good idea.
    01-05-2012, 09:18 AM
50 years old has to be a record!! She looks wonderful and healthy. A friend of ours had a saddlebred mare that reached 39 but that is the oldest I have seen in all my years. How is she bred? I want some of that longevity in my foals :))
You have given her the best and it sure shows. Congradulation and I hope a birthday party for the big 50 is going to happen LOL
    01-05-2012, 09:28 AM
Wow, I can’t believe her age – just amazing, you are very blessed! I agree with the other posters in regards to blanketing and not moving her to another barn, as too much change can have its dangers to an older horse.

As far as the Legend goes, I would take your vet’s advice; I highly recommend it! I don’t have experience with a horse of that age, but I use it on my 11 year old show horse. Back when he was four, he flipped himself and somersaulted (more than once) and ever since has had hip and pelvis issues – nothing too severe, but enough to make him come out stiff, give him problems with his flying changes, etc. Once every six months he gets a shot of Legend (in Canada, it runs about $100-$150/shot depending on the vet) but the results are absolutely phenomenal and consistent. I always know when he is about due as he will start to miss a change or two on course – his way of telling me he’s feeling a bit ouchy.

Good luck, I am sure she will be very happy with the retirement that you provide for her!
    01-05-2012, 10:17 AM
Green Broke
Your obviously doing something right by her.
I love old horses.Best ones in the world to tell all your troubles to.
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    01-05-2012, 01:57 PM
Originally Posted by Annnie31    
50 years old has to be a record!!
Actually, I think the record is like 65 or something...I know it's in the 60's... Oh well.
    01-05-2012, 02:17 PM
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You're right Gallop- if I remember right the oldest horse on record lived to be 64. Delriah is one of the older living horses at the moment, but unfortunately her previous owners did not update her registry annually, and so she is no longer registered under AQHA.

Annnie- she's definitely a special girl! I can't remember many off of the top of my head, but I know she has quite a few (but who doesn't?) links to King P234, his son Paco Bueno, Cutter Bill, and I believe I remember Holywood Pistol, though I wouldn't quote me ;)

Kpptt2001, thanks for the recommendation! We've decided to start her on it this weekend when the vet comes out again, and as soon as I figure out some sort of shelter for the paddock I'll be moving her into that as well :)

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