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post #1 of 10 Old 02-17-2009, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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help for my old horse!!!!!

i have a 12 year old arabian gelding named lightning.lightning has been a pretty fast runner and very healthy until last weekend.his joints started popping and he wasnt himself he was slow and his joints hurt him a lot.i think it might be arthritist.is there any quick at home fixes i can do for him?im taking him to the vet in franklin tennessee next saturday but i want something that will help get all of the pain out of him until then.also his front right knee is swollen.i dont know how but it is.any help would be great!thnx
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-17-2009, 03:10 PM
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12 isn't that old.... if this just started out of the blue I would tend to think that it's more of a sprain. If the knee is swollen, ice, cold hose and bute. Ice and cold hosing as many times a day as you can. If you don't have ice packs frozen peas will work. One gram a bute a day and stop on Thursday night if he's going to the vet on Saturday.

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post #3 of 10 Old 02-17-2009, 05:11 PM
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12 isn't that old.... if this just started out of the blue I would tend to think that it's more of a sprain. If the knee is swollen, ice, cold hose and bute. Ice and cold hosing as many times a day as you can. If you don't have ice packs frozen peas will work. One gram a bute a day and stop on Thursday night if he's going to the vet on Saturday.
agreed- 12 isnt that old so I would be concerned, arthritis typically doesnt show up over night


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post #4 of 10 Old 02-17-2009, 06:09 PM
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if he's doing a lot of speed eventing it could be the onset of arthritis but I'm more inclined to agree w/ G&K. I think it's an injury. Especially w/ the swelling. Give him some bute and hose it for 20 minutes a day at least. Don't ride him. If being still helps, keep him stalled, if movement seems to help more, put him on light turnout in a small paddock. Keep him quiet until you get him to the vet...

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post #5 of 10 Old 02-18-2009, 01:20 AM
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I agree with Angel that arthritis is something that does not typically just show up magically overnight, and I think FarmPony summed it up pretty well as for taking care of the swelling and pain. If you think that your horse is starting to show signs of early arthritis, then perhaps you should think about placing her/him on a joint supplement, try and look for something that has MSM and glucose in it.
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post #6 of 10 Old 02-18-2009, 11:53 AM
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You've gotten pretty good advice here already.
Sudden onset of symptoms like this isn't really common with arthritis--it's generally a slow onset and build up of symptoms. I would be concerned that there has been some traumatic injury to the knee. Call your vet and get the ok to give your horse some bute until the exam. Cold hosing and stall rest until the vet exam are both probably good ideas.

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I agree with the above posts - if it's out of the blue, do what the others suggested. If he's done a lot of speed events, then an arthritis supp would help also. You can check out Equisupps.com for info on good supps, and they do free shipping so a good affordable alternative. But first, get that knee swelling under control. good luck!

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post #8 of 10 Old 03-25-2009, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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also now his joints are popping and cracking...what should i do?it doesnt seem to hurt him but it just makes me feel sorry for him when i ride him and his joints crack up.
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post #9 of 10 Old 03-25-2009, 09:08 PM
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You might also want to get him on a joint supplement after this just to help him. But definitely get the vet to check him out, especially that swollen knee


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post #10 of 10 Old 03-26-2009, 01:56 AM
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12 isn't even middle aged for an Arabian!! A friend of mine retired her Arabian gelding from showing at 26, and not because of his health, but because he'd won everything already, lol.

If he's doing that poorly, that suddenly, then you need to have your vet out NOW. Have blood work done, maybe x-rays, and an overall thorough exam. Arthritis isn't the only cause of painful joints.

If it is arthritis, then this is one more example of why young horses should NOT be ridden until 3-4 and not ridden heavily or competed until after their 5yr old year is done. Hocks aren't closed until 4.5-5.5 yrs old, and all the bones are closed/matured until 6-7 yrs old.

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