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.