Sigh, here we go
Okay, we've been back to frequent riding for about 3 weeks now. My horse is a low level eventer so we do a lot of cross training. Two days dressage, one day jumping, one day goofing off out in the woods, and currently days off after his dressage and jumping days until he's got more muscle on him. His weight is fantastic and he's using himself very well, but he's already starting to show signs of soreness in his back end. I'm not sure if it's in his hips or further down. He is a litte uneven in his hipbones, so I always go right to the hips in my head. It's mostly when I ask him to walk down a hill whether I'm mounted or not. He is very straight and slightly cow hocked back there, so I know he is prodisposed to future (and possibly present) problems back there. In years past, muscle building trail rides did the trick, but since it came up so quickly this year, I'm starting to think supplement. I'm not really into the hard core injections that vets offer, and I have no interest in chiro. (please be warned, if you ask me why, I'm stuck at work for 10 hours tonight and prone to very long winded replies) I'm am mostly looking for input on a good maintenance supplement to put him on. He's only 7, so I'm thinking his body just needs a little extra help in healing itself. I was leaning toward a vitamin E/MSM type thing, but am looking for input. I've heard that glucosamine only works so long before horse's bodies get used to it and it stops working. I'm not sure how much truth there is to that.
You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.