As people who have read my posts may know, before we got Indie, the x-ray had shown that she was starting to show signs of arthritis, primarily just in her front left fetlock. The vet had told us that the x-rays had shown her joints had held up quite well considering her track record of seven years. Overall, the front fetlock was her primary concern and was the only joint that showed any issues on the flexion test... although she said that most horses do show soreness afterwards.
She expected Indie to remain sound into her 20s if we kept her on a good supplement, and said that she may or may not require injections later in life. So far, Indie's joint health seems to have improved a lot. When I first brought her home, her hind legs would creak and get a bit puffed, mainly because she was confined to her stall.
After a month of being out in the pasture, on Recovery EQ, being ridden (after getting her legs rubbed down with liniment and then hosed down after) and getting her feet done, her legs never appear swollen and her joints sound much healthier. She's much less stiff in her movements and happily engages her hind-end and goes into frame when I'm positioned correctly, whereas she used to feel quite stiff in her hind right leg when I was riding her at the walk.
My question is just if anyone else has any sort of treatment that I could use to keep her arthritis from progressing too fast, I've heard about magnetic boots but I haven't heard too much about them. My instructor says I'm doing a good job and that there's a big difference.. but I want to know if there's any other things I could do to help her feel at her best for as long as possible.