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post #1 of 3 Old 07-16-2011, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Alright hey there everyone...

Yesterday I went and hopped on my horse. He hadn't been ridden in like a week before I rode him yesterday. I was doing a nice forward working walk and I felt a little bit of a limp. Nothing major but definitely feel able from his back. I got off of him and hand walked him to see if he was doing the same thing and he was still doing it. Stretched his legs and got back on and after he was fine.

Could it be because he was just stiff.

When I took him out from his paddock to put him on the cross ties to saddle him up there was no visible limp and no heat or swelling on the legs or by his hocks.
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If he is older his joints might just need to be stretched out before working. Do you have him on a joint supplement? That can help keep an older horses joints lubricated so they don't get as stiff, it's really helped my 36 year old gelding
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If he is older his joints might just need to be stretched out before working. Do you have him on a joint supplement? That can help keep an older horses joints lubricated so they don't get as stiff, it's really helped my 36 year old gelding
He's in his teens but he's never been put on a joint supplement. I am starting to think I am going to put him on some and see if that helps but before I do so I want to see if the stretching works.
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