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post #1 of 8 Old 11-29-2012, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Ring Bone in my Mare :(

I bought my mare almost 3 years ago as a 2 year old... I got her in a sort of rescue situation... Was pysically decent looking ( a little thin ) But had never been handled ( nothing done to her at all ) and when was handled was very harsh with her... Well I couldnt leave her there and had just bought a horse with bad stiffles, EPM, one have a mental breakdown ( had a foal and never was the same ) So I was excited to have a horse no one had managed to completely ruin yet.... Got her home till she was almost 3 and sent her to some basic ground training and a little saddle work... WELL needless to say she came back not knowing a thing.. deamed crazy, thin, and uncorroperative... I noticed instently there was something wrong... Every 10 steps while lunging she would completely face plant it... Had vet out.. told me she was dragging feet.. Laid out ground poles.... Didnt work... So noticed with a new farrier she stopped tripping... Excited I started to finish her training ( myself this time ) got her do soooo well in the short time i worked her ( working her slowely ) I just started cantering her as I didnt want to push her shes now almost 5 and started to realize her tripping again and stubbling and shaking her head ( this horse has NEVER bucked, reared, bolted or even thought about misbehaving ) as if she was in pain... Now mind you I have had 3 other vets out... Three different things... PSSM ( did testing negitive ) , Needing injections.. ( come on she was only 3! ) and then the being lazy and dragging feet.. OH and got the "growing pains" Problem with my mare is we have this bond that is unlike non other.. She wanted to please me sooo badly that she never let on that she was in pain untill recently with the head tossing.. Drove to take her to a vet that was highly recommended... Exrays showed she has Ring Bone :( Said by looking at exrays he would like it is an injury ( or stress related ) Im convinced it happened at the trainer, but it may have happened were she was and the trainer just maxed out the problem ( explaining why she was "horrible there" ) So now that my coming 5 year old has ring bone I was wondering if there is anything people have done besides bute and surgery to help her. She is only light riding sound ( said by vet ) for now.... but im wondering if someone has used something that has helped their horse out... I love her and lame or not shes not going anywhere but I want to keep her as comphy as I can... I attached pictures of her :) just cause shes so adorable :)
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-29-2012, 11:11 AM
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I have nothing to add helpful wise but she is beautiful she looks like my palomino mare when she was young. Youv got a really beautiful mare i love palominos i have two in my backyard.Id take her in a heart beat.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-29-2012, 11:21 AM
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I feel your pain for you and your beautiful horse. My old mare was laid to rest this summer with ringbone in both of ther front feet.

My situation is different than yours. My mare was 21 years old and was a pasture pet the first 16 years of her life. Not sure how she became a ringbone candidate without being worked most of her life etc. Maybe just age?

I tried the supplements, Cosaquin etc. It didn't help. I didn't want to do injections because she was a bit nutty and the vet made her nervous. I decided it was not worth her anxiety mentally for her.

Your horse is much younger with lots of years in front of her. I would be curious what others say as far as their having results with certain things. However, I do think much of it would be a bandaid since you can't 'cure' ringbone. Even surgery would remove it, but temporarily. However, every horse is different and treatment may last longer for some horses than others. So it's worth a try. I think it will be trial and error and see what works.

I hope you and this mare have many years left together. I will be paying attention to this thread to see what others say. :)
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-29-2012, 11:28 AM
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Ringbone is believed to be related to conformational issues. Sure, harsh training methods, bad shoeing, or starting her too young could have brought it on more aggressively, but if she's conformationally predisposed to it, it may have just been a matter of time.

Corrective shoeing, joint injections, and NSAIDs may help prevent it from becoming worse. Your vet and farrier are the ones to talk with about options on how to best treat it.

Good luck. She's a lovely horse.
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-29-2012, 11:42 AM
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Ring bone is no longer an immediate career ending sentence. Like SR said, corrective shoeing will help immensely. Precious Speck won multiple roping champions after being dianosed with ring bone.

Talk to your vet and farrier about what can be done, and be patient
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Vet said shes conformation amazing so by looking said it was most likely due to injurry :( I ordered some degenertive bone disease ( Corteflex ) for her so hoping that will at least get her feeling a little better :( Thank you also for the replys
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-29-2012, 12:13 PM
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That mare is lucky to have you.
Your sweetness and love toward her is heart filling.
Good on ya.
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