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post #1 of 3 Old 10-06-2012, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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More ways to treat arthritis?

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.


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Oh, and my farrier recommended DMSO (apparently it's good at decreasing swelling) so we picked some of it up and he's going to show me how to apply it when he does her feet next. (in two weeks)

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The only thing that might slow down or regress arthritis is IRAP therapy. It's expensive and it's only successful on certain types of arthritis; which is a question for the vet.

If a local vet is not set up to do the treatments, the horse has to be taken to a clinic or university that is. IRAP is a procedure that requires a sterile environment.

IRAP II Therapy

In terms or oral supplements, I am a huge fan of Hylarin/Boswelia made by Med-Vet Pharmaceutical and sold thru United Vet Equine. I think Valley Vet might also sell it.

It is 99% pure, so it doesn't take much to be effective. This is all I feed to Duke (the Birthday Boy:), who has hock/ankle arthritis and he does really well. By this time, he is on the maximum allowable daily dose and it cannot be increased. His particular issues are not a candidate for IRAP which, my vet is a leg specialist and is set up to do - thankfully.

United Vet Equine - horse supplies, equine supplies, horse nutrition, horse supplements, horse vaccines

Then there's that wahzoo clay poultice, Sore-No-More. It's an all herbal product using Arnica as the main herb. It is a cold poultice and does a fantastic job tightening the legs. I know it works because I slather it on my hands before I start trimming the horses.

While not really intended for arthritis, I slather it from the knees, down around the ankles on my horse with the torn ligaments because it does draw inflammation out.

I then wrap with vet wrap to keep the clay on the legs, then quilts, then standing wraps.

Sore-No-More also makes a liquid but I don't think it's as efficient for the more serious issues.

Sore No More Cooling Clay Poultice Equilite (Health Care - Liniments)

That, in turn, means going thru a lot of vet wrap. I found that at 99 cents/roll at Schneider's Tack.

I bought six cases because, for 2-1/2 months, I was re-poulticing and wrapping Joker twice daily. That's two rolls of vet wrap for two legs every day
Dura-Tech® Vet Flex Bandage in Wraps / Bandages at Schneider Saddlery

So there's some different things to consider, even though some are not totally dedicated to arthritis and are not preventatives. They still will help to draw inflammation/soreness out
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