Maura - Sorry I do not have the luxury of turning him out for retirement. Not everyone can. Because I don't have my own property I have to follow the saying of beggars can't be choosers. Ideally yes I want to keep him in solid and consistent work. I just wanted opinions on hock injections and how well they might work for him. I know little about them, which is why I posted. I have my horses best interest at heart and have taken way better care of this horse than many of his past owners.
Kayty - There is not another barn that can offer anything better than what he has now. Believe me, I have searched. I do turn him out in the round pen when I go out there which gives him more room to run around. But that is all I can do. Keeping him at this barn isn't about convenience, it is about quality of care. It is the only barn around here that I know will feed him his supplements. Other barns say that they do but then just don't do it. Already had that problem in the past. Also I would like to say that he DOES NOT have any soundness issues as long as he isn't being ridden. So left to his own accord, not carrying a rider, he does not exhibit any signs of arthritis. It is only when he is ridden. He moves just fine when not having to carry a rider. He is the only horse on the property that will canter in his run. Is the size of turnout ideal? No, but as I said, beggars cannot be choosers.
hberrie - He is currently on msm and it just isn't enough sadly. Wish it was.
Punkstank - Without injections, he isn't sound to carry a rider at all. Not even at the walk. Even if he was, he doesn't know how to quietly hack lol. Take him out of the arena to a trail, field, etc. and he turns into a racehorse and will spend the whole ride fighting you to run. Young at heart, just not so young physically.
From what I have heard so far it seems the hock injections would be a good idea. That is all I was trying to find out (:
And for anyone thinking that if I can't provide this horse with more ideal turnout that I shouldn't own him, well honestly his last two owners neglected and abused him so I am by far the less of the evils in that case. Turnout is the only downfall he has. Plus NO ONE will buy, or even take for free, a 23 year old Thoroughbred in today's market, not that I would ever sell him anyway.
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