Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Central Indiana
We bought a 16 year old Arabian gelding back in August. He was over 300 pounds underweight, covered in rain rot, full of worms, feet a mess, you name it.
Now 3 months later, he has picked up 250 pounds, rain rot is almost cleared up, on a regular de-worming schedule and feet looking great.
He looks so much better except for his hip bones still stick out a bit and his croup is still defined. He has a ways to go but is much better.
When we bought him we had noticed his left front knee has knots. Figured it was arthritis and just wanted to get him home. I did a lot of light work with him, free lunging, hand walking ect.
The farrier has really taken a liking to Bravo and has made a kinda pet project out of him. His cannon bone on that left front was twisted and he has worked till it is almost straight now. Just from trimming his feet correctly. Bravo was shod when we bought him but we had the shoes pulled right away and he has been barefoot since.
Bravo never really acted like those knots on his knee bothered him but since the farrier has corrected his leg position, he is sore all of the time. Add the extra weight to that.
He is on DSMO (when he limps and he hates it when I put it on) and his feed (Sentinel LT) is fortified with Glucosamine HCl, Chondroitin Sulfate and MSM.
I am hoping that maybe as his joints adjust to the new position, things will settle back down with his knee.
Any thoughts on how to help him? We are going to have the vet out to do x-rays but it will have to be after the first of the year.