I'd be very careful giving him stuff like bute and asprin - being very strong and can effect his tummy and digestive tract. You could run into issues like ulcers and other digestive issues, leading to colic.
I would go and pick up B-L Solution, and MSM. B-L Solution does just as good of a job as Bute and Asprin, but is does not have the strong chemicals to it so it wont effect your horses stomache or digestive tract. AND you can give it to him on a daily basis in his feed rations, as a suppliment.
My fellow, is 21 years old and is now showing arthritus in his hind right hock, and I have just started him on B-L Solution. I like it because my fellow already has ulcers, and digestive issues, so the B-L will not contradict his already ulcer treating suppliments, nor will it effect his system - WHILE it relieves arthritic pain and inflamation.
I have also just started him on his loading dose of Adequan, which is $40 a shot, once a month. It is an Intramuscular Injection, that way - you know it is doing its job as it is supposed to be. *I am doing the loading dose, which is 1 shot once a week for 7 weeks* If you cannot afford that, it's alright to do a shot once a month. It takes 48 hours for the injection to take effect, but once it does, your horse will be more the merrier.
I would be careful with oral suppliments. They have not been proven to be effective, nor have they been proven to contain the ingredients that the lables claim to have.
The reason being, is because Oral suppliments fall under the Equine Nutrition Category, where rules and regulations are not that strict. So the makers can say that "this and this" is in it, but it may really not because the "authorities" do not keep tabs. There could also be alot of fillers in it.
If you do go with an Oral - please make sure that NASC has examined the product, and "ok'd" it to be put on the shelf. The container will have their lable on it, stating that "yes we examined this product and it is what it claims to be"
The other reason why orals are not 100%, is because the amount you put into their mouths, is not the amount that is going to get to the specified area to do its' job. The scoop may be 1 ounce, but in reality, what actually targets the issue may be far less than the innitial scoop given. Because it has to travel through the digestive system, get into the blood stream and then so on and so on.
Injections - such as Glucosamine IM's, Polyglycam IM's, Adequan IM's, and Legen IV's .....fall under the Equine Medical Category. Where rules, regulations and investigations are strict and regulated. So, the product you buy and administer to your horse, is exactly as it says it is, and has been proven time and time again to do the job that they are meant to do - beacuse of the category they fall under.
From one Senior Owner to another, I would look into a stronger Joint Care Regime, but even if you remain with orals - please, please drop the Bute and the Asprin, and pick up B-L Solution.
As others already stated, turn out 100% of the time. No stall, I find that when Nelson is put into a stall, his mental health not only deteriorates, but his physical health as well. He stocks up, stffens up and when taken out, he looks rickity and stiff.
He does very well when he is left outside day and night. The only time he does come in, is to eat his breakfast and his dinner, then he gets sent back out on his way with his buddy.
All the best to the both of you!
Last edited by MIEventer; 05-22-2010 at 11:36 AM.