Hi, my gran has a pony, 19 yrs, who is very stiff. She struggles to walk and looks as if she's in a bit of pain. We give her this stuff called "founderguard" which helps her alot and after about 1/2 hr she loosens up, but I was going through my horse herbal book and found this herb called 'devils claw'! Sounds scary I know! This is what it said,
' Anti-inflammatory, usefull for treating joint diseases and arthritis. Also helpful for rehablilitating horses who suffered tendon or ligament damage in the past. The pain releaving effects of devil claw is so effective however that you must take care that it does not mask a more serious problem.'
We think that she (sparkie) may have either early arthritis or serious founder. When she's really bad we give her pain killers (bute) and her feet are clipped every 3 months and she's checked regulary by the vet.
Do you think the devils claw herb will help? Or do you have any other idea? Greatly appriciated as she's getting really very bad.