I was looking on CL, and have seen an add for a 15 year old mare who sounds wonderful, but the seller admits to her having arthritis in her elbow. The text of the add about the arthritis is:
"She has a little arthritis in her right elbow. She gets a shot of hydroclonic acid, conjointen, gluco mixture ($55) once in a while when she has a flare up, she has not had a shot in 6 months. She can be ridden regularly and she swims-which is great for her. She can do any kind of ridding just NOT full body Climbing."
My question is, is arthritis a ticking time bomb? Is it one of those things that if she has arthritis in her elbow now it is just a matter of time before it manifests itself in other joints, or even her spine? Is it manageable, or just too much for a new horse owner to deal with?
Thanks for any input/opinions.