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post #1 of 3 Old 11-01-2009, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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weight problem and arthritist

my 12-14 yr old arabian has weight problems in the winter.he has noticable ribs and doesnt look like hes doing too well.he is on full time pasture with a run in shed and is pastured with one other horse, my 3 yr old tn walker mare.she isnt food agressive but she is kinda pushy.what weight gain would help him as im not able to monitor his feeding as he isnt housed close to me. and on top of that he has arthritist in his knees. he doesnt like to lounge any more and his knees snap,crackle,and pop when im leading him.im thinking about getting him injected with something to help his arthritist because when the weathers really cold and bad he cant really get around much.hes fine in summer, no weight problems no arthritist no nothin but its the cold weather that kills him.any help on this?

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post #2 of 3 Old 11-01-2009, 09:40 PM
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If it's hurting him I would try Adequan. It's less expensive than Legend, because you don't have to bring the vet out. I used in my (overweight) QH and it helped. I also have him on a supplement with MSM, chondrotin, and glusosamine which all support joint health. I buy the cheap stuff for maintance, but if you have the money you could buy the more concentrated supplements. Also, for weight gain, you could probably also get a weight building supplement so you don't have to throw out extra hay that your mare will just eat. If I were you I would take him out and feed him maybe 1 big scoop of sweet feed with the supplements whenever I could. (I give my QH his supplement about 3 days a week, which is still enough to make a difference).
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post #3 of 3 Old 11-01-2009, 09:46 PM
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Im going to suggest this for the arteritis, i have it and it works very well, i would suggest supplements like above poster said, and apply this when you are out there to the area where he has it.

Read up on it, i posted about it in "Borrowing your horses hair spray" in the grooming section

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