Stiffness in winter? - The Horse Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 02-26-2013, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: US
Posts: 681
• Horses: 1
Stiffness in winter?

Hi,
I had a lesson yesterday, for the first time since December. My trainer said that she thought he looked stiff in the back right hind, but not uncomfortable.

In December, when it was still warm (not frozen ground) she said he did not look stiff/sore at all.

I have known about his right leg stiffness/soreness since the summer, he is 18 years old. Does it make sense that the stiffness in his right hock is from the cold? He is on daily previcox and seems to be doing well, is there something extra i could give him just in the winter to stop the stiffness?

He is on 24/7 rough board, and his pasture is 30 acres with 20 other horses, so he has plenty of room to run around. I also warm him up 5 minutes each direction at the walk before I trot/canter.

Is there anything else I can do to help him?
Thanks


Black Beauty 94 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old 02-27-2013, 11:45 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Illinois www.saddleonline.com
Posts: 509
• Horses: 1
I would not say it is abnormal at all for an older guy to be more stiff in the winter. You could try something like the Back On Track hock boots for 30 mins before you ride to warm up the joint, and make sure your walk warm up isn't just walking around in circles- work on bending and flexing and making him move and step under himself to get all loosened up- shoulder in, haunches in, leg yields etc all at the walk to get everything moving and listening.

"Riding: the art of keeping the horse between you and the ground."
~Author Unknown
SaddleOnline is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 02-28-2013, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: US
Posts: 681
• Horses: 1
Thank you!!
Quote:
Originally Posted by SaddleOnline View Post
I would not say it is abnormal at all for an older guy to be more stiff in the winter. You could try something like the Back On Track hock boots for 30 mins before you ride to warm up the joint, and make sure your walk warm up isn't just walking around in circles- work on bending and flexing and making him move and step under himself to get all loosened up- shoulder in, haunches in, leg yields etc all at the walk to get everything moving and listening.


Black Beauty 94 is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 02-28-2013, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: US
Posts: 681
• Horses: 1
bump--


Black Beauty 94 is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 03-01-2013, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: US
Posts: 681
• Horses: 1
bump--


Black Beauty 94 is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 03-01-2013, 06:19 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Northern Michigan
Posts: 3,015
• Horses: 3
Late this past fall, my farrier confirmed what I had suspected about my 21 yr old QH starting to get a little arthritis in her hocks - nothing horrendous, but was becoming obvious. I'm not one to jump into giving supplements and like to keep it simple. But I did start her on the Dumor Joint Pellets (Glucosamine Chondroitin). Wow!! Within a week, no more stiffness/"snap,crackle,pop" in the mornings! Just a tiny scoop/day really makes a difference :)
Northernstar is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 03-07-2013, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: US
Posts: 681
• Horses: 1
thank you!
Bump


Black Beauty 94 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Neck Stiffness Deschutes Horse Health 3 01-21-2013 12:33 PM
Leg stiffness? FaithCat Horse Health 1 08-13-2012 04:53 PM
Stiffness in hind end morr83 Horse Health 3 07-17-2012 09:01 AM
Stiffness Minnie English Riding 5 02-06-2012 02:20 PM
Stiffness Camigurl Horse Training 2 08-14-2011 07:43 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome