Can you afford to put Lacey on a Joint Suppliment? Aside from strait Glucosamine?
Sorry, I don't mean to sound like a jerk - so please don't take me that way :) I understand the financial status, right now Hubby and I are living paycheque to paycheque, and I also have 2 part time jobs on the side aside from my full time, just to afford my Horse Hobby.
I understand you are doing your best with what means you have right now - don't feel down on yourself, where there is a will, there is a way.
Oh yeah, I know you're not trying to be a jerk. :) And, I think even if you were trying to be a jerk, I wouldn't take it that way since I know you're such a sweetie.
Actually what she's getting right now is: Majesty's Flex Wafers - Treats from SmartPak Equine
only not from Smartpack because they're cheaper ($39 for a 60 day supply) at one of my local tack stores. So it has a little bit of other good stuff in there too. Personally, I'd like to have her on a higher dosage of glucosamine/chondroiton (since the wafer things are only 2500mgs of glucosamine) but joint supplements seem to start getting more and more cost prohibitive as the dosage increases. The wafer things are the only joint supplement I've seen around here, maybe when I go to the tack store on Monday I should actually ask someone who works at the store about their supplements, maybe they can order something for me that would be better and within my price range.
On the plus side, when she got started on the wafers I saw a pretty immediate improvement in her hind end's supple-ness. She had been to the point where her hips/hocks would almost lock up every time I tried to lift her back legs to pick out her hooves and about a week after she was started on a supplement (it's supposed to take a month but she improved in a week, it was crazy) I could feel her having an easier time lifting her back legs. She still locks up about 40% of the time on her left back leg but her right one is totally back to normal.
I guess it's just one of those things where I'm not even sure what 100% is for her any more. Is it where she was 2 years ago when I first got her and she never bucked or played around? Or is it now where she'll buck and gallop through her pasture? But, if it's now, how is the arthritis, that she's obviously dealing with, affecting her?
I wish she could just talk to me and say "I hurt!" or "I feel pretty good today!" I'm sure we all wish for that though. And she's just so stoic about pain most of the time, sometimes when something REALLY bothers her she'll make a fuss but up until that point, she's as sweet as pie. And I don't want her to have to make a fuss, I want to just know.
Also, Nelson is adorable in pink! You guys make a really cute pair. :)
Rhivia- that's great! Older horses deserve to be honored ("tortured") for their elderly-ness by dressing them up in silly ways, it's the LAW, didn't you hear? Hahaha! For instance, last summer, for various occasions, Lacey wore a tutu around her neck, she wore a shiny balloon that said "BIRTHDAY GIRL!!!" that we had found in the forest on her ears, she was painted like an Indian pony, etc. Good times. :)
I really appreciate the support, you guys. It's making me feel a whole lot better. :)