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post #1 of 5 Old 01-24-2014, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Keeping arthritic horse fit?

Hey guys new on here and I have a 10 year old mare with arthritis in both hocks. The barn I board her at only puts her in a paddock for 3 hours a day. I come out every day to work with her but I can't ride her without an adult watching me and when I try to let her loose in the arena there's always someone in there. She's gaining weight and getting stiffer each day. How do I keep an arthritic horse fit in the winter months? I'll start riding her soon but not as much as I would like to...
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Keep her lean and healthy. MORE TURNOUT. Ideally she will be out 24/7, if they can't accommodate her, move. Ride/exercise as much as possible. Slow and steady is the way to go. Long warm ups (and cooldowns), don't push too fast.

If you can't ride handwalk her.

I'd be concerned if her arthritis is so severe and she's only 10. You may want to talk to the vet about injections or something and I would definitely put her on a joint supplement.
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Yes she's getting injections every year plus a ointment called EquBlock. I'm concerned too just because it never seems to get better. The only thing we haven't been able to do yet is 24/7 turnout. Will definitely talk to the barn manager again about it!
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I agree with the supplement suggestion. I have my 17 year old Quarterhorse gelding on Conquer liquid for arthritis in his left knee. Conquer is popular on the race tracks so I am told by my vet.
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I mean it's not something that will go away, but you should be able to keep her comfortable. You may want to consider something like devil's claw. Anti-inflammatory and pain killer (wouldn't do meds unless necessary) but again, at her age I would hope that isn't needed yet.

Even if 24/7 turnout isn't an option (ideal, but some places can't/won't do that) she should still have as much as possible. 3 hours is nothing. I hope she has a big box stall for when she is in, the more movement the better. Do what you can to encourage it.
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