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    06-08-2009, 01:02 AM
OTTB lame... again

I'm so frustrated, I just cannot seem to keep my OTTB sound.

He just came off 9 weeks stall rest as a result of a well placed kick during play time by another horse.

He was kicked in the shoulder and because the vet suspected a hair line fracture we put him on stall rest. He was pretty lame for the first 2 weeks, but gradually improved. We finished all 8 weeks as a precaution and after that I went on vacation for a week. When he got kicked he just came off stall rest as a result of a misstep during a lesson, he was off, but not completely lame that time.

So, I figured we'd take it slow, turn outs (by himself of course) and when riding only walking for the first 2 weeks. So far in the last week he's been out in the arena 3 times and we walked 20 minutes twice.

Today I saddled him up with the intention of going for another walk, but could get off after 5 steps, lame again.

The shoulder he got kicked in is swollen, not the front (where he got kicked), but the back.

I was in the process of setting up a vet visit for this week anyway to have him get his first Legend shot, so I guess he'll have to look at the shoulder first.

Somewhere I hope this has something to do with the original injury,
Because if it is something new I'm really going to get pissed. This horse has had pretty much everything wrong with him since I got him. He has been sound/not lame for maybe 6 months the last year.

Not all of it his fault, he stepped on something sharp once, my saddle messed up his back and he has arthritis in his knee, which is a leftover from a racing injury. And the kick of course.

He retired at 11 and is 14 now. He won over $230K. When does one give up and decide a horse should be retired and live out his life as a lawn ornament? He is gorgeous and I love him, but I'm running out of ideas.
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    06-08-2009, 03:19 AM
I can't offer you any advice expect to do what you think is right for your horse. None of us know him as well as you do so I can't tell you to give up and keep/sale him as a pasture horse and persue(sp?) another horse as a project.

Good Luck with him though.
    06-09-2009, 01:02 PM
See what the vet has to say and ask his/her opinion and tell them how you are feeling... let us know how it goes!
    06-09-2009, 01:29 PM
I agree with KCH - get an opinion from your vet.
Unfortunately some horses are accident prone - my OTTB has been hurt twice in the 7 months I've owned him. I love him to bits, but would really rather do without the vet bills!
    06-09-2009, 02:41 PM
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Definitely talk to your vet when you see him/her next.

I would be giving him a specific diet and supplement, with 100% turnout time. Turned out with just a couple of low-key friends, only stalled to eat.

Grass hay or Timothy hay, as much as he can eat.
Little to no grain. If you want to feed grain, something like Triple Crown Low Starch. But really, I'd make your own grain using alfalfa pellets (1-5 lbs daily), a vitamin supplement (like Select II or Uckele's Equi-Base Grass), and some flax (I like Nutra-Flax, 1/2 cup to 1 cup daily).

This is a low-key diet, to help his metabolism return to normal and create a calmer horse, but with plenty of energy to ride.

For supplements, I'd have him on something that contains glucosamine, vitamin C, chondroitin, MSM, and Yucca. Along with the shots you're giving him. will custom blend you something, along with extra flax, so you can have it all in one bucket. I've had good luck with their products.

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If you're feeding him corn oil, stop. It has shown to increase inflamation in arthritic horses.
    06-09-2009, 06:26 PM
We have a vet appointment for this Friday, until then he is not leaving his stall except for hand walks.
The swelling has gone down since Sunday and he walks like he is feeling better, definitely head bobbing going on at a trot though..
I took him off the hot food as soon as I learned he was stuck in his stall for 2 months, he's on bermuda and bermuda pellets only. On top of that he gets Manna Pro ShoFlex which contains glucosamine and chondroitin and a scoop of MSM morning and evening.
He came with a retirement option, I can give him back to his former trainer when we believe he has had enough, I'm thinking of inviting him (the trainer) to come to the appointment this Friday to hear what the vet has to say.
The idea was that he would go stiff and sore it he wasn't used and I believe there is truth to that, but I'm a dressage rider who enjoys showing. I don't expect him to be able to do level 4 any time soon, but at this rate I cannot even keep him sound for training level.
Maybe we should find him a home with someone who is happy riding trails once a week.....
I'm trying not to make up my mind before talking to the vet, it's just so frustrating to have a (absolutely wonderful, fantastic, beautiful, amazing) horse who keeps coming up lame.

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