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post #1 of 5 Old 09-06-2012, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Old hip fracture - Supplements?

I'm seriously considering purchasing a horse in the very near future. I've seen him and plan on seeing him again. He's sweet as can be and just beautiful. He's 6 years old. When he was 3, he slipped on a patch of ice and fractured his hip. He has since fully healed and been cleared by the vet for light to moderate riding (basically, he's perfectly rideable, but extensive hills, long distances, etc. make him a little stiff). He has a little bit of a hitch in his step on one hind leg, but he's in zero pain. What I'm wondering is, would it be beneficial to put him on a joint supplement if I do purchase him? If so, what do you recommend?

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-15-2012, 04:25 PM
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Good Afternoon!

I wanted to check in to see if you ended up buying the horse with an old hip fracture. I'm in a similar position and am concerned about long-term maintenance. It sounds like these two are in similar shape, no pain but but a bit of a hitch in their step.

Did you end up buying your hip fracture horse? And what are you doing to keep that leg strong? Did you find some good supplements?

I'd love to hear how things are going! And, if you ended up not buying the horse, why you decided not to go down that path. I'm very uncertain right now!

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-15-2012, 08:18 PM
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My Horses fractured his pelvis as a baby. I have him on smart flex supplements and adequan shots. I give him 24 hour access to his paddock and don't seem to have too many issues. He sometimes gets stiff after heavy rides or long periods off but for the most part he is fine. He will short stride to the right at the canter but if I do forward canter work he builds the muscle up and works into a normal canter.

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post #4 of 5 Old 10-16-2012, 09:58 AM
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I have my mare on smart MSM with smartpak...I think its like 10 dollars a month supplement, but they have many more joint/bone supplements that are very effective too. I love their products. My mare had a hock injury and she does get stiff when its colder, the MSM has alleviated some of that. when she gets older (only 7) I know Ill have to add more but for right now it works pretty good. My mares Dam also had a history of stifle issues, and my mares did lock up when she was 2 (prior to any supplements), but since then no issues, knock on wood.
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-16-2012, 12:55 PM
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I'm a big fan of the smartpak supplements...

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