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post #1 of 15 Old 03-22-2007, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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Does my old boy look like hes enjoying hiself?

This is Simply SOX!!
He is 23yr old arab x welsh D and stands at 15.1hh.

I have been told to slow him down now and at least semi-retire him. Do you guys agree? He has been a pony club eventer for most of his life (hates flat work but his face lights up when he sees any kind of fence) and is going strong apart from one thing..He is intermitantly lame in both fore legs-it has been put down to DJD (degenerative joint disese) a form of arthritus and he has to be on joint supplements. He can no longer jump the huge tracks he used to, obviously, but i dont want to take away his main pleasure in life for him to be yet another retired horse sat in the field (when hes turned away he drops weight and looks plain miserable)
However people keep telling me its not fair on him anymore? Let me know what you think from these pics.

elz x
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post #2 of 15 Old 03-22-2007, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Nobody got an opinion on him? Come on i dont mind what you say good or bad!?

Elz x
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post #3 of 15 Old 03-22-2007, 11:15 AM
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He's a handsome fellow too. He does look well for his age. I know horses/ponies older than him that are still in active work.

I know when they have DJD you have to take it easy, but I dont see any reason why he still cant do what he enjoys, while he can enjoy it.

Maybe let him still compete, but more for fun? Smaller competitions etc.....
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post #4 of 15 Old 03-22-2007, 03:22 PM
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Hes gawjus! he looks so happy aswell! x
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post #5 of 15 Old 03-22-2007, 03:47 PM
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Get a vet check and ask the vet what he can be cleared for. If he is cleared to do small jumping, allow it. I have found that retired horses who are able to live with friends in a pasture are VERY happy, it's their instinct. Don't allow what you find enjoyable to distort your thinking. He may enjoy jumping, but I think he'd much prefer not being in pain.
I've had to retire my jumper because of arthritis. He lost a lot of muscle bulk and didn't look like a gorgeous show horse, but he was equally healthy and happy. Being in shop show condition doesn't mean a happy horse.
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post #6 of 15 Old 03-23-2007, 08:11 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Kristy, i have had him checked by my vet and x-rayed yearly to see what damage there is to the joint. The vet has said if he enjoys it then there is nothing to stop him playing at it (nothing big and 2ft6 MAX and NEVER on hard ground-menages only during the summer) which i havnt exceeded, infact ive kept to 2ft (he looks at them like "mom.....what the hell is THAT, i need my eyes checked cuz i can bearly see what it is," hehe but he still flies them.

My friends 26yr old tb was our pensioners day out pal to local tiny shows, and she was completely clear of arthritus (or so my friend thought) until she started to rufuse to jump a bean! She had her x-rayed and it came back that she did have it and quite badly. But sox has never refused yet? And if im schooling in the menage he can be stiff and abit peg legged but as soon as a fence or poles come out (not that i jump him very often anymore-not even once a month) hes sound and ready to go with such a sparkle in his eyes!

Its more the people on my yard that think he should retire-not professionals (vets etc). If he were to refuse, or still be lame when hes jumping i could see a problem but its all he actually looks forward to (bless him).

I also turned him away during the serious summer months last year when the ground was baked hard-he had to just get on with it. But he actually becomes more lame/stiff and looks plain miserable even with 3 other retired horses to hang out with and tons of grass. He droped huge amounts of weight and looked plain old.

Im starting to think hes the type of horse that you just cant retire?
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post #7 of 15 Old 03-23-2007, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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Oh oops i forgot...... im not a big fan of jumping myself after an accident i had some years back so its def not my love of doing it clouding my vision honestly- Much prefer dressage (safer and much less nerve racking) which is what i do mainly with my mare (its just what sox knows, and he really enjoyed his job, still thinks hes the man!hehe)
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post #8 of 15 Old 03-23-2007, 12:17 PM
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he's lovely! i agree just consult a vet first! have fun!
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post #9 of 15 Old 03-23-2007, 01:26 PM
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He's cute! I love that he still has "go" in him for an older horse. He looks great too!
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post #10 of 15 Old 03-23-2007, 01:54 PM
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based on your vets opinion, then i would let him continue until HE slows/stops himself!!!!! and i think he will eventually take himself out of the game. who knows when that may be. as long as your vet still feels the same way, keep going.

my old gelding continued showing till he was 28. i don't know how long he would have kept going if that lightning hadn't struck/killed him. but at least he died a happy camper!!
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