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    03-28-2012, 04:35 PM
  #11
Foal
Thank you for your advice. The worst part is I got her from a rescue and paid 1000 for her because I did not know her problems. She was great the first two months and then as soon as that cold weather hit it was like I had a new horse. I called the rescue to see if they would take her back and try to find a home where she could just be a pasture pet ( I didnt even ask for my money back) and they told me they wouldnt take her. She does get aggresive when she is in pain. When I put the saddle on she wont let me get close to her because she tries to bite me. I have rode her bareback though and she does good with that.
     
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    03-28-2012, 04:59 PM
  #12
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Roni it looks as though you've been caught.

The saddle matter is interesting. If she'll let you ride bareback, then you must experiment with saddle and pads to see where she'll tolerate your weight.
Maybe a treeless endurance saddle with thick padding might work.

I'd be feeding her treats so she sees your presence as a source of pleasure and not just pain.

You'll have to get a feeling of whether she can tolerate walk, trot and canter.
I'd do plenty of work in hand - so she gets to know you without having to take your weight.

But do take care for you not to be associated with her pain. If you plan to mount up, make sure she has had her pain killers. Managing her stomach acids will be a separate issue. Read up on 'ulcers' on the web.

The vet can use steroids to delay arthritis - but it only delays the onset.

One day, she might have to be sent on. In the interim don't let her bite you, but don't make it worse by snapping back at her too harshly.

I hope you think she is worth it.
     
    03-28-2012, 06:22 PM
  #13
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I have a 11 year old gelding that has arthritis I keep him on msm and glucosamine it makes a huge diffrence. When he hurts he's crabby pins ears snaps his teeth and just plain ugly to deal with. As long as I keep up the supplaments he fine a week or two with out and mr crabs comes back. His problems are from lyme dease and the arthritis is also a result of lyme. I wouldnt be giving bute every day that causes its own problems long term usage. Best of luck and welcome to the forums.
     
    03-28-2012, 06:40 PM
  #14
Foal
Roni, nice to meet you, I am a farrier from Montana. With arthritis in a back hip it will be extremely important to keep a regular trimming schedule. Rolled toes would be highly recomended.If your horse has good conformation will be a huge plus. If she is camped under in the hind end my advice is you will likely experience little success. MSM is great...keep it up. 12 years old is young enouph easily to see great success depending on some of the circumstances I've mentioned. Hope to see pictures and a side view would be a plus.
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    03-28-2012, 09:25 PM
  #15
Foal
Thanks for all the advice, I am going to take her off bute asap and see how she does. Horseman 101 I have a couple pictures on my profile if you wanna go have a look and see what ya think? She has a great farrier now he's very good and her feet are amazing.
     
    04-04-2012, 11:08 AM
  #16
Foal
Hi Roni,

I myself am having to deal with a similar issue. I got my horse almost 3 weeks ago. She is a 16.1hh APHA mare. She just turned 10 in February and was stall kept her entire life...I honestly don't think she was ever turned out. SHe was used as her owners trail horse, which is why I bought her. I brought her to my barn 3 weeks ago where she is turned out all the time, with exception of morning and night. She doesn't have the best conformation and she has poor feet which require shoes (but I knew this). I had the vet come yesterday bc my farrier came out again and noticed she was stiff in moving and just didn't move right. Turns out she has fetlock effusions (mild in front, moderate in the back) and her left hock as well. The vet said it is very possible she has arthritis. I am giving her bute paste 2x a day for the next 4 days to reduce the inflammation and am starting her on Cosequin as soon as I can get it. I myself am in college so the added cost of having an arthritic horse is definitely making me think twice about keeping her. Her owner was very defensive when I asked if she could take her back so I have no hope of that. I have listed her for sale, but in the meantime I have already paid for April board so I am going to try and get a handle on her pain/condition in the next 30days with a loading dose of Cosequin.....fingers crossed...I'd hate for it to get any more expensive than that as I just can't afford it.

Good luck to you! I hope everything works out for you! I think both of us have definitely gotten into situations that are far less than ideal at this point in our lives.
     

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