My poor older girl has been getting worse and worse in the shoulders. She is twenty six this year. Last summer we had her legs x-rayed and the vet praised them highly. They're well built up and arthritis free. She does have a bone spurr in her right front hoof but if we keep her riding it stays callused up and causes her very little grief. Her shoulder stiffness was a little noticeable last year but this year its worse every month. The vet & I think the best thing for her is to keep her going, she is trail ridden two or three times a week and is of course turned out 24/7.
This spring a couple of mares caught her in the back of the run in and beat her up pretty bad. She was stiff and must have drank less than she needed which caused impaction colic that was a two week long battle. I can't help but notice that they've done her old lady body NO favors as she has only gotten more sore and more stiff since then.
The weather turned colder and rainy today and she is one short strided, stiff moving girl. Does there come a point that the only thing you can do is bute daily? Does anyone have any suggestions? We have used a chiropractor twice this year for her and he says she is in outstanding shape and holds her adjustments well. He too says "just don't stop riding her".
She is on Smart Pack Senior, Yucca and ACV for her joints and has been on something for a very, very long time.
I haven't looked into supplementing her muscles or tendons, could that be something that causes this much shoulder discomfort? And I also haven't had her vetted strictly for her shoulders this year. I would kind of like to see where they are at but with all of the "surprise" vet bills I've gotten this year I haven't gotten to do that for her yet.
She is very stiff on the turns and "clicks" when she first walks off. If she is stalled for even a couple of hours (sometimes I have to feed her inside) she is very stiff.
So, another supplement suggestion? Time to move along to daily pain relief like bute? (Anyone had any luck with BL solution?! I haven't noticed much but I haven't really used it in a case like what she has right now..) Shoulder joints vrs shoulder muscles? Ideas? Anything appreciated, thanks.