So I have been working with a 10 year old mare for about 3 weeks now. We went on a trail ride a week after I started working with her, and she was very lame on one of her hind legs the next day. I took it easy on her and let her rest for a few more days. I started working her lightly afterwards, and it seemed like she still had a little bit of lameness in that leg, but I couldn't really tell.
I was planning on buying her from a friend, so I had the vet come out to do a pre-purchase exam. After doing a flexion test on that leg, she said that she thinks that the horse has arthritis, and considering I want to use her for trail rides, it wouldn't be a good idea to buy her. She said on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being unable to bear weight, she was about a 1, then after the flexion tests she was a 3+. I was really upset, and spoke to the woman who I had taken lessons from for a few years, and who has been letting me lease her horses for a few years. She has been working with horses for 40 years, and knows a lot of information.
She said that she had a pony years ago who was so lame from arthritis, she thought she was going to have to put her down. The farrier recommended to mix apple cider vinegar into her grain each day, increasing slowly to avoid digestive upset. She said that after a month or so, the pony was better than ever. She said it had no signs of lameness, and was full of energy, and never had problems with arthritis again. She just continued to keep adding ACV to her grain.
Has anyone had any experience with this? I've read a few stories online. Many people seem to say it works wonders for sores, coat, hooves, and keeping away flies. Since I'm not bound to a contract or anything, I figured I might as well try it. I started her on it yesterday and she didn't seem to mind the taste. We'll see how she does after a while. Most places I've read say to give between 1/4 and 1/2 cups per day after easing up to it.
I appreciate everyone's input!