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    01-11-2009, 08:19 PM
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Old horses - sore joints...

My old boy is getting really sore these days. He is not on any joint supplements right now becuase he's a jerk about it. Tonight he looked so pitiful that I gave him some banamine, although I think I should have probably given him some bute. He got so mad at me that he ran (he thinks he was running but it was more like a quick moving limp) away from me. I had to put a lead rope around his neck (He wasnt wearing a halter) to make him go back in his stall... and then he stood w/ his but facing me... like I'm scared of a horse that hasnt kicked in all his 30 years... But I pretended... for his sake...

Anyway, I need to add something to his feed but I don't know what... can anyone give me suggestions?
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    01-11-2009, 08:54 PM
We I know of some supplements you could use but I guess it wouldnt be much help since he doesnt take to them very well. Although you could try and "hide" the supplements with maple syrup or molassis and mix it really well. We also feed bute that is powered apple flavor, and the horses who usually are picky don't even care and eat it right up. So you could try that too.
    01-11-2009, 08:59 PM
Ceytl-M, its granulated and you mix it in the feed. I have a stallion in his 20's that acts like he is in his teens. They also make a dog and human formula. I use all three, and will give it a raving endorsement! The only downside to Ceytl-M is the price, it isn't cheep.
    01-11-2009, 09:24 PM
Glucosamine and chondroitin powder -- mix it in with some veg. Oil or whatever he likes.
    01-11-2009, 11:08 PM
I used to give my elderly appy Corta Flx powder. Then I added simple MSM. Now that's all I give him except I give him bute the few days before the trimmer is due. It helps get his trims done.

Corta Flx works pretty well for many horses and is very inexpensive when you use the powder.. It is in an alfalfa base so they take to it very well. The MSM I mix in with his beet pulp/alfalfa mash.
    01-12-2009, 03:00 AM
I've used Cetyl-M for my horses, dogs, grandmother for years and it's a wonderful product. I find it about the same as any other joint supplement price wise but IT WORKS!
    01-12-2009, 08:55 AM
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Thanks! I'm going to go "shop online" right now....

What about glucosomine?
    01-12-2009, 10:43 AM
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Generic glucosamine is ok, but won't treat all of his symptoms, such as inflammation. MSM is an anti-inflammatory, and works alright - it is readily absorbed through the body, available in feed-thru, and is inexpensive.

If he's picky about eating the supplements, I would try this: Medi-Vet - Surpass (1% diclofenac sodium) Topical Anti-Inflammatory Cream. It is a bit on the pricey side, but he won't have to eat anything.
    01-12-2009, 10:55 AM
I've got an old boy too and he gets pretty creaky at times with his arthritis. I've had his hocks and his left fetlock injected with corticosteroids and that has given him some relief. My vet recommended and I used a course of Adequan (IM injections. The recommendation is to give an IM shot every 4 days for 28 days...7 shots total to load them up and then repeat in 6 months or so if needed).
Mainly, I am just being respectful of Rooster's advancing age and not demanding as much out of him as I have in the past. We do alot of gentle trail rides and some work in the ring to keep his muscles toned up.
The vet also said a little bute on days when he's creakier than usual would be OK. But you have to be careful about stomach ulcers with bute, as you probably know.
Hope this helps your older horse. Give him lots of love too. They give us so much.
    01-12-2009, 10:59 AM
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Thanks for the advice guys! I have my vet coming out to do shots on Tuesday (next week) so I 'mg oign to ask about the Corticosteroids injections... if it's not too costly I may do that.

He's been completely retired for about 2 years now.... He's a good old boy...

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