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post #11 of 58 Old 09-27-2012, 01:21 PM
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Oh, man I am so sorry :(

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post #12 of 58 Old 09-27-2012, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, guys. And Poppy, I didn't even think of UofM. We're going to try the bute + a MSM/devilsclaw/etc. supplement for a week or 2 and if that doesn't help, we're going to consider other treatments. When I think about it, surgery would be my first choice over injections or shoes because that would cure it for a 1-time cost whereas the shoes would be $200 every 2 months for probably the rest of his life, and the same with the injections.

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Definately contact the UofM they have some pretty new procedures they do.
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post #14 of 58 Old 09-27-2012, 01:30 PM
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Didn't Scamper the famous barrel horse have ringbone, got it surgically fixed and was back winning? I'll have to go look when I get home.
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Mango - that's what I like to hear :)

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This is just my story. We all know every horse and owner are different. Equine medicine has changed light years since my horse was diagnosed in the early 80s.

My first horse was diagnosed with ringbone in one back leg when she was about 4. Since I only rode her about 2 or 3 times a week, my vet instructed me to bute her the day before, the day I rode and the day after. He also told me that eventually the joint would calcify over and that would relieve the stress and pain. The weeks she was off more than usual, I did not ride and gave her more bute.

After a few years, the joint did calcify and there was no more pain. The down side is her foot was permanently cocked to the outside slightly. This did not bother her at all. She was about 8 when this happened and I had her until she passed at 31. We had a great life together. We rode Western, English, learned to do small jumps, did lower level dressage, a little reining and she even became a beloved lesson horse for the very beginner riders.

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This is just my story. We all know every horse and owner are different. Equine medicine has changed light years since my horse was diagnosed in the early 80s.

My first horse was diagnosed with ringbone in one back leg when she was about 4. Since I only rode her about 2 or 3 times a week, my vet instructed me to bute her the day before, the day I rode and the day after. He also told me that eventually the joint would calcify over and that would relieve the stress and pain. The weeks she was off more than usual, I did not ride and gave her more bute.

After a few years, the joint did calcify and there was no more pain. The down side is her foot was permanently cocked to the outside slightly. This did not bother her at all. She was about 8 when this happened and I had her until she passed at 31. We had a great life together. We rode Western, English, learned to do small jumps, did lower level dressage, a little reining and she even became a beloved lesson horse for the very beginner riders.
Interesting. I'll ask my vet about that.

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Would an intense joint supplement like SmartFlex Rehab help him at all? Just to make him a little more comfortable along with the bute. I'm going to ask my vet tomorrow, but was wondering if anyone could shed some light on that.

SmartFlex Rehab has:
• 5,000 mg of Glucosamine, 400 mg of Chondroitin Sulfate and 100 mg of Hyaluronic Acid for joint health
• 720 mg of Silica and 1,500 mg of Collagen, along with essential amino acids to support connective tissue health and recovery
• 12,000 mg of MSM, Omega 3 Fatty Acids from Fish Oil, and multiple herbs including Yucca, Devil’s Claw, Curcumin – all of which help support a healthy inflammatory response
• Potent antioxidant support from Vitamin C, Grape Seed Extract, Super Oxide Dismutase, Citrus Bioflavonoids and Quercetin to combat the oxidative stress associated with recovery

I'm more than willing to do what I have to to help him, but it's pretty expensive to have him on something like that if it's not going to help.

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Here it is, sorry for any grammar errors, I'm typing on my phone!:P

"Another lesser-known fact is that I had one vet tell me back in 1983 that scamper had a little ringbone in one foot and that I should start looking for another barrel horse, because he didn't think scamper would last very long. Then, in 1991, Scamper had knee surgery to remove the slab fracture in his knee. That was a very hard decision because I took him in for surgery the day after we won Houston. He was working great and the risk associated with that surgery was that it could end his career. Dr. Lewis actually opened the knee and chiseled away the fragment. Had we not done the surgery and the fragment had come off and gone into the joint, it would have ended him. So as tough as that was, I had to do it knowing that many horses never come back from that surgery. I was back on him following a three month recovery period where his rehabilitation was very closely monitored and his therapy was constant, including lots of ice and carefully managed, light exercise. He won three championships after that. He wanted it. If I asked him to do something, he would do it. It didn't matter what I asked of him, but I never ask him for more than what I thought was reasonable, either."

Sooo...I guess that didn't have anything to do with ringbone. But it still shows that there is a chance that he can over come it.
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I am very sorry to hear of your horse's diagnosis. I can't imagine the heartbreak. I am happy that this horse has an owner that loves him and an ex owner that also seems to care a great deal. I hope you can work together to do right by this horse. Maybe she is willing to help with some of the expense?
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