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post #1 of 4 Old 11-14-2008, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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huuuuge scare tonight with Snapple

So, my dad came to pick me up to take me to our acreage and as soon as I got in the car he says "you need to go look at Snapple as soon as you get home, she's limping really bad" so of course I was petrefied and I couldn't get my mind off of her the whole drive home.
We got home and I ran down to the paddock. She and Spooky were standing by the hate waiting for their dinner and Snapple was limping a little. I put her halter on and led her around for a few minutes and my dad said she seemed a lot better then last night.
She seems really stiff almost on her entire right side, both her hind and forelegs. She doesn't seem to want to put a lot of weight on them, and she is kind of limping. It isn't too bad and my dad said it was worse last night. Could it be stiffness from the cold? She is old, 26. What canI do to make her better? She doesn't seem in pain, and she almost ran me over trying to get back to the paddock when she saw my dad put the hay out.
Iam going to go down first thing in the morning to see if she is better. I hope she is, I was so scared on the way home.
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-14-2008, 10:48 PM
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Hmm I'm not an expert on this type of stuff as I haven't had to deal with it much yet even though Scooter is 28. But what his old owners used to do for him when he was stiff was give him bute. (He hasn't had problems with it since..)
It could be some sort of injury too though...
But my suggestion would be if it continues get a vet out to look at her and they can recommend something.

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post #3 of 4 Old 11-15-2008, 07:11 AM
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my megan has glucosamine poweder in her food, she is 18 and she gets really and i mean really stiff, i take her for walks just leading her out for about an hour and she seems to have eased off a little bit, since i gave her glucosamine powder in her food she has become a lot better and she doesnt become as stiff as she used to. plus my megan has athritis nothing critical but this is maybe what yours has.

you can buy glucosamine off

good luck and let us know how things go :)

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-15-2008, 01:29 PM
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does she appear rocked back at all? Like this?

is it all 4 legs or just the fronts? (if she is like the picture above, and it's just in the fronts, please have your vet out - could be laminitis)

Otherwise, it is probably arthritis. MSM is a great anti-inflammatory. My guys also get a generic glucosamine shot 1x/month - at about $10/shot.
The feed through glucosamine is very expensive to feed, and there is lots of speculation that all of it doesn't absorb, but ends up being peed out

good luck and keep us posted!

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