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  • Can you erap a horses arthritic joint with raw potatoes
  • Arthritis equine human "rate of progression"

 
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    11-15-2008, 08:27 AM
  #1
Foal
Exclamation Horse With Athritis!

Hey all,

I got a welsh section c 13hh bay mare, she has athritis, I just wanted to know if I could still excercise her by leading her outside on the road and stuff or path to keep her moving about. She comes in her stable on a night time and she goes out during the day no matter what the weather is, she always has rug on if its cold or raining. Just wanted to know if I could still lead her out. I can't ride her as im too tall for her.

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    11-15-2008, 08:43 AM
  #2
Foal
I don't see why not! So long as she's not hopping lame the change of scenery will do her good. Theres nothing sader than seeing a bored horse. M.
     
    11-15-2008, 09:34 AM
  #3
Yearling
Well, how bad is the arthritis? Swollen joints? Pain all the time? Or mild stiffness after heavy work?

What has the diagnosing vet said? Is she on any meds? Is she on any supplements?

We can't give you any real solid advice without more information about the mare's situation. Arthritis can be anything from mildly uncomfortable after certain activity or during cold/damp weather to constantly painful, barely able to move.......
     
    11-15-2008, 07:30 PM
  #4
Foal
The vet said that it is just a mild form of athritis and it only effects her on cold weather, but it starting to effect her more now that my little nephew isnt riding her around (she isnt excercising). The vet told me to put her on glucosamine powder which I have and this has improved her a lot. She also told me to put her on some joint supplements (forgot what they're called), I put them in megans food and she wouldnt eat it, so I made her tea again and didnt put it in then she ate it.

Thanks
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Im going to go for it and take her for a walk tomorrow and I will let you all know how we get on :)
Thanks for advice
     
    11-15-2008, 10:07 PM
  #5
Yearling
Yes, with mild arthritis getting her moving every day is going to be good for her. This is one of the best things you can do for an arthritic horse---as much turnout time as possible and light daily exercise. (So it makes sense that she's not doing as well since she stopped being ridden. ;) )
     
    11-16-2008, 02:32 AM
  #6
Foal
Potatoes

I've had horses with arthritis and fixed the well with raw potatoes. Start off with six potatoes a day and cut it down to two a day.

Potatoes has a mild natural antibiotic that naturalist humans use for arthritis. It won't harm her to give it every day, for the rest of her life. My horses always have potatoes instead of apples and even carrots.

If possible keep her out of the barn as much as possible. I got rid of my barn and keep all my horses outside 24/7 now because arthritis is a very real ailment prone to horses who are not moving around a lot. For shelter I allow my horses go into a large greenhouse if the weather is really bad. I keep blanket on them only when it is wet and raining. They prefer the greenhouse to blankets.
     
    11-16-2008, 05:04 AM
  #7
Foal
Thankyou, I will go to shop today and buy more potatoes for her.
The vet told me to bring her in on a night time and let her out early in the morning. I go to let her out at half 6 in the morning and she doesnt come in until about half 9 at night. Okies I will take her for a walk today and I will inform you on how she goes

Thanks
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    11-16-2008, 10:26 AM
  #8
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Gimme A Dream    
Potatoes has a mild natural antibiotic that naturalist humans use for arthritis. It won't harm her to give it every day, for the rest of her life. My horses always have potatoes instead of apples and even carrots.

If possible keep her out of the barn as much as possible. I got rid of my barn and keep all my horses outside 24/7 now because arthritis is a very real ailment prone to horses who are not moving around a lot.
Since arthritis is not an infection, antibiotics (from any source) aren't going to treat it. There are cases of septic arthritis, but these are from wounds that penetrate the joint capsule--infection sets in and causes inflammation in the joint which leads to cartiledge damage and bony changes. The majority of arthritis cases are simple wear and tear on joints from activity.

You can find lots of good information on arthritis by using the links below:

The Horse: Joint Disease
The Horse: Ailments/Syndromes | Arthritis

As for the "ailment prone to horses who are not moving around alot", it's not the lack of movement that causes arthritis but it does cause the symptoms to worsen. Arthritis is caused by damage and bony changes to joints--most often caused by repetitive concussive work---jumping, running, sliding stops, spins, hard turns at speed (like around barrels).
     
    11-22-2008, 05:44 PM
  #9
Foal
This is all true, arthritis is simply 'inflammation of a joint' which can be caused by many things. The problem is that once arthritis starts it is a progressive disease, the rate of progression depends on the specific case. The key to treatment is to slow down the progression.

I use daily glucosamine hydrochloride (Newmarket Joint Supplement is under $1/day click here!) and Adequan (which is more expensive but you only need to use every 4 days-week) and joint injections when needed. Usually its best to keep the horse moving.
     
    11-23-2008, 12:10 AM
  #10
Green Broke
Agreed, exercise is best! You can put her on a natural anti-inflamatory like Yucca, MSM, or Fish Oil (or Hemp oil if you'd rather not feed her an animal product). Honey is also an anti-inflammatory, but I don't know if it's safe for horses.
     

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