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    02-21-2012, 06:26 PM
Stocking up.

A friend of mine has a horse that looks like it has stocked up (both hind pasturns have swelling which is hard to the touch) the horse isnt lame and no heat. She is on turnout 24/7 (but due to all our rain and nasty weather she spends most the time standing around)

What can she do to help her?
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    02-21-2012, 07:27 PM
My horse is like this too, mainly in his back legs. His problem is left with a GIANT turn-out he will stand in one spot for the majority of the time. It doesn't cause my horse to be lame at all, just makes warm-ups a little longer to get the swelling down. Usually after a good ride, with a lengthy warm up and cool down, the swelling goes back down, but was usually back by the next day.

I started putting him on a joint supplement a year ago and that has helped tremendously! After a couple months on an expensive joint supplement I even switched him to just MSM (cheaper, $20 for 3 month supply) and that worked just as well. He hasn't been stocked up for months, but this last couple weeks I ran out of joint supplement and BOTH tack stores were out of supply so his back legs got stocked up again.
    02-21-2012, 07:45 PM
Hmm a joint supplement. Okay. I will have to tell her that so she can get her started on one.
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    02-21-2012, 07:47 PM
My horse used to be like that all the time before I pulled his shoes. It's a lack of circulation issue compounded by the horse standing still due to weather or a muddy paddock. Only way to fix it is to increase circulation.
    02-21-2012, 07:49 PM
To be honest I didn't originally start him on the joint supplement for the stocking up, it was mainly to prevent deterioration of his front joints (he's a little pigeon toed which is harder on his knees) but after he had been on it a month he stopped stocking up altogether. He was constantly stocked up for the first year I had my horse, but after I started the supplement I honestly forgot about how he stocked up until I ran out, so it seems to be working with my horse! My horse gets stocked up BAD too.
    02-21-2012, 08:04 PM
Many horses on a fairly high grain diet that stand around often stock up. I've seen this in many OTTB's as they were being let down. Once they were either turned out or ridden the problem resolved itself until the next morning after a night of standing fairly still.

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