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    12-10-2008, 10:57 PM
Saddle causing lameness - solved.

About three weeks ago I asked if anyone had experience with his or her saddle causing lameness and there were many replies (thanks again). Yesterday the vet came by (not easy to get an appointment) and determined it was indeed my saddle causing his issues, it isn't filled evenly and thus causing more pressure on one side.
Luckily I had already bought a new saddle (Wintec Pro with Cair) and he approved of that one, so we'll both be more comfortable from now on.
He gave him a chiropractic treatment, which Starship thoroughly enjoyed and hopefully fixed the spots that were leftover after 2 weeks rest. I was allowed a light ride today and could already tell the difference. He gave with very little pressure, that is not normal.
Bad news on his knee though, much worse then I thought it was. He has lost 50% of his range of motion and the arthritis is making it very stiff. Weather is not helping right now of course, but I guess living in Arizona we're very fortunate.
He is ok to ride often, however I'm to avoid small circles to the left. So much for serious dressage, but he's already had a successful racing career, so I should feel fortunate that is the only restriction we were given.
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    12-10-2008, 10:59 PM
Glad to know you have solved the lameness issue!

Sorry to hear about his knee :(
You could always do lower level dressage :)
    12-11-2008, 01:01 AM
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Glad the mystery was solved!

I too am sorry to hear about the arthritis though... Hopefully with more work and some medication/supplements he can have a relatively pain-free light riding career!
    12-12-2008, 08:24 PM
Glad you found out the reason behind the lameness. People don't realize how inportant it is to have a proper fitting saddle. Have you ever thought about using a joint supplement? I use Cetyl M on my mom's 35 yr old and we were going to put her down like 4 years ago and once we tried this stuff she's doing great for her age. She even gets a little buck in there now and then.

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    12-13-2008, 04:31 PM
I have not tried that product, but he gets his glucosamine, chondroitin, msm stuff daily as well as electrolites and wheat germ oil. He also gets the special senior feed that should have more flex stuff in it.
One of the ladies at the barn had her 29 year old injected with something (can't remember the name) that helped her arthritis a lot and that should work for 3 to 6 months. I've been thinking about having that done if all this doesn't do the trick.
His previous owner had his knees injected with steroids every so often, but that was during his racing days and I don't really like that idea.
The vet and I agreed Starship should have done the smart thing years sooner and should have stopped winning, but I guess you can't stop a thoroughbred from running...
He's only 12 and has a retirement plan, so if he gets too bad he'll go enjoy the pasture, but his previous owner thinks he is like most people, if he keeps moving he'll be a lot happier and live longer.

Nothing wrong with lower level dressage, we weren't planning on starting 4th level any time soon anyway. We might make it to 1st level next year, but you never know...

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