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post #1 of 6 Old 02-19-2012, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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gelding joints cracking

I have a 8 year gelding and I have been noticing when he picks his feet up his joints are cracking is this normal>? He don't seem to be in any pain but every since I have had him he does lay his ears back a lot when he walks.

Another thing he is bare foot and the farrier has been letting his heels grow out which i really don't understand because he is already walking toe first seems like that would make itworse but I'm not a farrier. thanks Dan.......
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-19-2012, 09:44 PM
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The joint cracking noise could very well be arthritis trying to settle in. You say he is 8y/o, do you know how old he was when he was started under saddle and what has he been used for his whole life?

If your farrier is reputable then he should know what he is doing. Ask him the next time he is out why he is letting his heels grow out. Pictures of the hoof would help members on here also.

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unfortunately we don't know anything about his past .
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post #4 of 6 Old 02-19-2012, 10:51 PM
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Best thing is to have a vet check him out, but putting him on joint supplement won't hurt anything either. If his cracking noises improve, than it is a joint problem, most likely being arthritis. If he was started young/worked hard in his life it is not unusual for a 8y.o to start to feel the effects of arthritis.

If it is not normal I would definitely have the vet look at him though cause it can be something worse than that.

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The clicking in your horse's joints is usually nitrogen bubbles in the horse's joint moving over the bone and "clicking/popping" back into place. Often times this is a sign of future lameness, such as Arthritis. You should consider getting your horse on a joint supplement if he is not already on one, and if he starts getting lame I would look into joint injections such as Adequan or Legend.

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My horse Oats has the same problem, it is arthritis. The big diffirence is that Oatsy is 21. He is fine in the summer, but in the winter it gets pretty bad. It doesn't seem to bother him at all - no pinning of the ears, no biting, throwing his head, or anything. The only thing is that when picking his back legs he likes to pull them back a bit, which is understandable, because that's where the clicks are. We have him on joint supplement (I think it's MSM) and it does wonders. He used to click and crack all the time, but on the msm it's rare that he does. So yea, I would try the supplement. :p Hope that helps ;)

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