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post #1 of 4 Old 04-13-2012, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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? about what to supp/feed my older TB.

I have a 17 yr old TB gelding that was a rescue. He came to me in less than good shape but over the past 1 1/2 yrs he has put on weight (now is the fattest TB I have ever seen!! His vet says he is not overweight but very healthy and looking good). Has a nice glossy coat, grew a great winter coat this year and is in very good health. Just recently (last month or two) he seemes very stiff and sometimes sore. He can usually work it out but I would like some input on supplements or anything that could help him feel better. He is currently in a big dry lot with turn out on fresh grass about 4 hours a day. He is fed 4 flakes grass hay and 2 alfalfa, divided into 2 big and one small meals a day. He gets 1/2 a ration of Ultium in the morning and the other 1/2 at night with 1/2 bucket beet pulp, a pro-biotic and Biotin. I do hear some 'clicking' from his joints and he just seems very stiff in the hind end. He is still very willing to do 'his job' when asked so i don't think he is bothered by pain for now. I want to find something, that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, to help with his stiffness before it becomes a problem. He doesn't get worked every day and I am sure this has something to do with him being stiff. But sadly I can't ride every day. Any ideas? Thanks for your input and opinions!!

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post #2 of 4 Old 04-14-2012, 08:27 AM
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A 17 year old thoroughbred? Do you have any idea of his history? I think I'd start doing some research on joint supplements as the general stiffness and "clicking" sounds like it could be arthritis. I'd also do some checking on his lumbar region for back pain. Good luck. It sounds like he's a lucky guy to be so well cared for!
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Even if you could find the time to ride everyday, he needs 24/7 turnout to keep the joints and muscles fluid.
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I don't think not having 24/7 turn out is the problem. For the first 6 months I had him he was in a paddock 1/4 the size of the one he is in now and didn't have any turn out unless I turned him out in the arena to kick up his heels. He was being ridden at least 5 times a week then and had no problems with stiffness. Now at least he has the space in his paddock to goof off with his full time buddy (and they do) plus the time out in the field.
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