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post #1 of 17 Old 01-30-2013, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Older horse with Arthritis

My 24 year old Quarter horse gelding is having some troubles with the arthritis in his back legs. Out vet gave us some bute. he is fine during the summer but is there anything that I can give him to help in out in the colder months? any natural remedies or something I can buy at a local store?

Any help is appreciated!
Thanks

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post #2 of 17 Old 01-30-2013, 07:48 PM
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I have a 23 year old retired polo horse. She has arthritis too. Like your horse, she does well during the warm months but the winter is really hard on her.

What helps her is getting her moving. I have noticed that even though she is turned out 24/7, when it is really cold she doesn't move much so I make sure I pull,her out of her field at least 3 days a week amd slowly hand walk her all over the farm to get her joints moving. It helps a lot.

I also have her on joint supplements. I started with Smartpak Smartflex II but have recently switched to the Dumor brand at tractor supply.

Just counting the days until warmer weather gets here.
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post #3 of 17 Old 01-31-2013, 05:52 AM
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B-L Pellets. You can get them on horse.com for a pretty good price. They are a natural form of Bute. Less money, and easier on the stomach. They say it's equal to about 1.5-2 grams of bute. My mare is on it and it really seems to help her
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post #4 of 17 Old 01-31-2013, 01:59 PM
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B-L Pellets. You can get them on horse.com for a pretty good price. They are a natural form of Bute. Less money, and easier on the stomach. They say it's equal to about 1.5-2 grams of bute. My mare is on it and it really seems to help her
I am going to try this, along with her joint supplements, to see how mine does. This cold weather is so bad for her. Thanks!
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post #5 of 17 Old 02-01-2013, 01:07 AM
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Yay!! Look up some reviews. Some say they see a difference in a few days, few weeks, etc etc. Hope it works for you and your horse!
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I give mine MSM twice a day and it has made a huge improvement in my arthritic horse's movement and stiffness. I tried everything else, even injections which I couldn't afford to continue, but the MSM has seemed to work the best. When it's really cold out I will give him a very small amount of bute as well.
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post #7 of 17 Old 02-01-2013, 01:23 AM
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try some old leg warmers on his legs if it is not wet out. the warmth should help.
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post #8 of 17 Old 02-01-2013, 01:34 AM
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I used to also bring a small electric blanket to the barn and lay it across his hip to warm him up when it was really cold. He stands so quiet and after a bit he drops his head and his lip. He gets pretty excited when he sees me bringing the blanket.
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post #9 of 17 Old 02-01-2013, 01:42 AM
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aawww.. how cute. I take it that he is blanketed ? If you dont have some old leg warmers, do you know anyone that can knit him some ? I know when my knee really hurts, having some warmth on it helps.
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post #10 of 17 Old 02-01-2013, 06:37 AM
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Chia Seeds are FANTASTIC :) i used to have an old horse with Artharitus and i swear after just over two weeks i saw Huge Improvement ... just a small scoop a day ( you get scoop with it )
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