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    10-01-2012, 10:01 AM
  #51
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When you have his feet done, you should tell your farrier that you want him to land 'flat'. Tell him you do not care if he toes in or out as long as he is level and lands flat. When a horse hits on the inside first and tips over on to the rest of hoof, they are really prone to develop leg problems -- even more so on the fronts.

Also, you might ask your Vet if topically applying just plain old DMSO or DMSO with a Steroid added might relieve some of the inflamation.
     
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    10-01-2012, 10:03 AM
  #52
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Cherie    
When you have his feet done, you should tell your farrier that you want him to land 'flat'. Tell him you do not care if he toes in or out as long as he is level and lands flat. When a horse hits on the inside first and tips over on to the rest of hoof, they are really prone to develop leg problems -- even more so on the fronts.

Also, you might ask your Vet if topically applying just plain old DMSO or DMSO with a Steroid added might relieve some of the inflamation.
Thank you! I'll be sure to do both of those things! You guys are all so helpful.
     
    10-01-2012, 10:09 AM
  #53
Green Broke
Hmm I wonder if she was doing something else for him that she hasn't told you. Joint Rescue is by prescription only. And perhaps Stillwater has something else that is similar they prescribe. I know it comes out to about $30 a month, so actually pretty cheap considering.
     
    10-01-2012, 11:12 AM
  #54
Yearling
Is DMSO the stuff you're supposed to use rubber gloves with?

Poppy - Yeah, $30 is pretty cheap. What he's on right now is about $45 a month. I'll talk to my vet about Joint Rescue.
     
    10-01-2012, 11:15 AM
  #55
Yearling
Oh, and can anyone tell me what the recommended "procedure" is for using DMSO on a horse? I'm going to talk to my vet about it, but I'm waiting for him to call me back, so just thought I'd ask here as well.
     
    10-05-2012, 01:20 PM
  #56
Yearling
Just an update: He's had shoes on for a few days now, and he's already worlds better. Still a little limp, enough that I don't feel comfortable riding him, but right now, he's looking really good. Hopefully we can get him sound. Alternatively, I started volunteering at a horse rescue and my "pay" is a horse on free lease, so I can get my riding fix in there. ;)
     
    10-05-2012, 01:42 PM
  #57
Yearling
I had a huge post written out and I lost it, but in short here is what it said.

I'm sorry for your news and I didn't have time to read the rests of the posts but here are some things that helped my boy.

Shoeing : Rolled toes and pads. Jake gets shod every 6 weeks (when he used to go 7-8 weeks) he has wedges on both front that keep him a little more on his toes (I believe that is how he is built though)

Exercise : If you are able to exercise (sometimes it takes time) do so only on soft footing and no hills. Hard compact ground and hills just cause soreness and swelling in the area of the calcification.

Painkiller : Bute can cause ulcers over a long period of time. So my vet had me put Jake on Previcox. Previcox is a dog NSAID (Non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drug) pain killer. Typically it is prescribed for dogs who are having troubles with stiffness and osteoarthritis. Jake gets a quarter of a 227mg tablet in his grain everyday. He is so much better on it. I can occasionally get on and ride him around the arena. He feels frisky and is very comfortable with his situation.

Good luck and hope your pony feels better.
     
    10-05-2012, 01:46 PM
  #58
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Horsesdontlie    
I had a huge post written out and I lost it, but in short here is what it said.

I'm sorry for your news and I didn't have time to read the rests of the posts but here are some things that helped my boy.

Shoeing : Rolled toes and pads. Jake gets shod every 6 weeks (when he used to go 7-8 weeks) he has wedges on both front that keep him a little more on his toes (I believe that is how he is built though)

Exercise : If you are able to exercise (sometimes it takes time) do so only on soft footing and no hills. Hard compact ground and hills just cause soreness and swelling in the area of the calcification.

Painkiller : Bute can cause ulcers over a long period of time. So my vet had me put Jake on Previcox. Previcox is a dog NSAID (Non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drug) pain killer. Typically it is prescribed for dogs who are having troubles with stiffness and osteoarthritis. Jake gets a quarter of a 227mg tablet in his grain everyday. He is so much better on it. I can occasionally get on and ride him around the arena. He feels frisky and is very comfortable with his situation.

Good luck and hope your pony feels better.
Thank you very much. I'm glad to hear from someone with a horse in a similar situation. He is on very low-dose bute twice a day right now, but I plan to work on switching him to either a different painkiller or trying to find a combination of supplements that keeps him feeling good. I don't like the idea of him being on bute for the rest of his life. I'll ask about Previcox. As far as exercise, I've been lunging him for 15 minutes twice a day in the arena which has sand footing. If we can get him riding sound, I'll only be riding the trails, so nothing strenuous at all.
     

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