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post #1 of 6 Old 08-24-2014, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Older Horse Help

We have a 17 year old Quarter Horse Gelding. I know he isn't super old but he sure acts like it. He doesn't get rode a lot maybe like 10 times a year and he used to live at my dads but he is my moms horse. We use him for all the beginners that come to our house and want to ride. He is a great beginner horse. He recently moved to my moms and she started lightly riding him. He randomly limps at times but it goes away during the course of the ride. So, yesterday we rode maybe a mile and he stumbled a bit on the way back. Then, he started limping and I checked out his hoof/leg and everything seems fine.

My mom said it might have something to do with his shoulder because he doesn't lift his hoof very far off the ground when he walks. I immediately thought maybe his joints are bothering him.

We were just wondering if there is something else we can do with him to help or what kind of supplement we should get?

Sorry this isn't very descriptive but it is kind of hard to explain. Thank you!
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-24-2014, 03:14 PM
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Could very well be arthritis.

Are you sure he's 17?

I would get a joint supplement and something like devil's claw/yucca (natural pain/anti-inflammatory).

If this continues or gets worse I would call a vet.

My guess is it is just arthritis but it's good to check with a vet just to rule out other issues. Light regular riding would be good if he has mild arthritis.
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-24-2014, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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We have had him since he was a yearling and my dad trained him so he is like 17/18.

Where can you buy devil's claw/yucca? How expensive is it?

It is not very bad. He will still walk on it and stuff. We were just wondering to help him out a bit.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-24-2014, 04:39 PM
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Just google it. You can get it by itself or it is common in some supplements. There is also marketed "herbal bute" which would probably include that (I've never used this though). Just do some research on those and similar things. It's not too expensive depending on how you get it. Nothing too fancy lol. Some joint supplements may have it though I would look for something just for joints and something just for the pain/inflammation issues.

Again if it seems like anything other than arthritis or gets worse definitely get the vet out and don't ride. You seem to have a good understanding of "needs vet" and doesn't lol. I'm always a little hesitant to give advice over the internet. If he just seems a little sore/stiff I would try this first.
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-24-2014, 05:56 PM
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get some msm,chordotine wrong spelling I know, glucosomine combination supplement, also the yucca devils claw will help him. go online and do a search, you can order it online, valley vet supply carries it, you can also get grain with the glucosomine added for seniors, lite exercise will help if it is arthritus. if these dont help, like above poster, have a vet out, as it could be other things. Joint supplements sometimes take awhile to work, so give it time

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post #6 of 6 Old 08-24-2014, 10:52 PM
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From what you've said, sounds like it is NOT insignificant and has already been going on long term without treatment. Without a lot more info, couldn't begin to guess at the problem(could be body, hoof, saddle, etc), but he needs *proper* assessment & treatment, not just opinions on the 'net & throwing a few herbs & such at him to see if they help. I would not be riding the horse until he's been assessed/treated.
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