My gelding is 14 now, and working fabulously.
He has no lameness issues, great coat and feet. He's really just in great condition and health. So your probably thinking, if it's not broke, don't fix it. Basically, so do I.
He has an old injury to his right fore, from when he was a foal. He got tangled in some wire due to improper fencing (
) and was cut down to the bone, and it healed wrong, and the leg looks and feels pretty mangled.
He's generally ridden four days a week, every other day. I never notice any issues with it under that schedule.
However, if he's ridden hard, a couple days in a row (which does happen sometimes due to lessons or whatever), I've noticed he will hit the ground harder on the right fore sometimes, especially at the trot. So I worry, as he gets older, about that leg causing more problems later on.
Right now, I'm thinking about a multi purpose supplement, to just help kind of maintain everything, such as SmartCombo, or Gand Complete.
Thoughts on that?
Also, what joint supplements do you suggest for a moderately worked horse, that's ridden 4 days a week? He has no serious joint problems, but what do you suggest, again, for maintenance and just general support?
He is on 24/7 turnout/stall time as he pleases, and is fed 24/7 coastal hay, Safechoice with paprika and Perspirade right now.