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    06-27-2013, 10:28 AM
Green Broke
Thank duffy, I'm hoping it works well for her too.

Jaydee I was really just hoping we could do some 25-35 mile rides. I didn't ever expect to even get to a 50 with her but I was hoping maybe even just the competative trail but those are around 25 miles. I'm sure the neglect has a lot to do with how her joints didn't maintain themselves which sucks but I do have to remember she is 20.

Her mane had to go lol. She had the same issue last year, it's almost like a yeast infection on her skin. It gets all this yellow/orange puss all down her neck but only just under her mane not in it. And all the hair falls out and it does cause pain for her. I asked the vet about it and he said short of putting her on tri-hist she is a grey so she will have skin issues. But her new do has fixed the issue. Plus I kinda like it, makes her look like a little eventing pony haha.
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    06-27-2013, 11:19 AM
Poppy- As long as she's comfortable in the work she's doing, I'd say keep her in it. Arthritic horses need work to keep their joints healthy and working. But if she starts to show signs of not wanting to work and general discomfort, lighten the work up a touch so that she's comfortable.
    06-27-2013, 11:29 AM
Green Broke
As of right now she's not really working. Tonight starts her new workout routine. I work 52 hours a week right now and have two intense summer classes. After a test tonight I'm back down to just one class so I will have more time. This is why the vet wants her on bute for the first week as it will be uncomfortable at first. I'm guessing this is why she has been so calm the last month and doesn't really move when I bring her in.

I'm hoping her new joint supplement works to make her comfortable. I really can't afford injections at the moment.
    06-27-2013, 11:40 AM
I think shell be fine on it. The bute should help until she gets the rhythm of moving back into her :) Good luck on your test, and hugs & pats for Lizzy :)
    06-27-2013, 11:46 AM
Green Broke
Thank you. I think I'm going to have to make a schedule for her and write down the amount of work she did so I can keep track of how she is handling it. Now I need to have a discussion with my farrier about what to do. She is shod but only because she wears down her feet too much with the mileage we had put on last year. She's also tender footed on gravel and most of the trail is gravel. But maybe we look at boots... too many things to think of right now.
    06-27-2013, 11:51 AM
Boots are very very expensive, I was going to look at some for my gelding for road riding and nearly passed out when I saw the price. Talk about sticker shock lol. They were nearly $500
    06-27-2013, 12:01 PM
Green Broke
What boots were you looking at? The easy boots are only like 50-75 a boot. I'm not so concerned with the cost as much as how much of a pain they are lol.
    06-27-2013, 12:02 PM
I would do the hock injections and get regular Legend IV, her arthritis will be a non issue most likely with management. My horse has bone spavin in his RH, it is almost fused now but to protect his upper joints he gets both hocks injected and every few months during show season, a Legend IV. My equine vet said ride him all the time, throughout winter to keep the sinovial fluid moving. It works, my horse has never been lame and moves perfectly.
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    06-27-2013, 12:12 PM
Green Broke
Before her time off for her tendon she moved out great. But she had been worked consistently since I got her, mostly because she was so high strung. The vet thinks the time off really did her in and that at the moment injections aren't needed unless I really want to show this year. I honestly just cannot afford them right now. We are trying to find a hobby farm to buy and if I move her home I could probably afford them by next year. I moved her in April to a much nicer facility with an indoor so I can work her year round but with that my board doubled and now her upkeep costs per month plus the hundreds in vet bills in the last two months. I can't really pick up more hours as I already work 7 days a week.

She hasn't been lame and the vet was very impressed with how well she moved and how healthy she was otherwise. It is just the arthritis taking a toll on her.
    06-27-2013, 12:51 PM
Yes, the hock injections & Legend IV are pricey maintenance but for me and my show schedule, even my el cheapo hubby says it's money well spent. When you can swing it financially, I highly recommend it.
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