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post #11 of 27 Old 09-19-2013, 09:39 AM
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This was a ride outdoors just before he turned 20





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post #12 of 27 Old 09-19-2013, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Im sorry to hear that KV. I have a 6 year old that has arthritis in her left hock. Been there for a year now. So I understand.
So sorry to hear! :(

Thanks for the helpful info! I'm going to order BOT this week.

My vet is trying Legends right now - will see how that works. He said he'll bring supplement next week when he comes for injection (which is cheaper than Cosequin yet per his words more effective, but he didn't remember the name). I'll definitely ask about Pentosan!

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I used to do a good ten minutes of walk and keep the loops big.. 20m circles, rein changes through the whole school etc. Then my initial trot would be a slower working trot on a longer rein. It had to be a day by day thing, and you will feel this. Even if Doey felt better, I would keep him going for a bit longer to make sure. Trot and canter I worked normally, but not intense work every day. He was doing canter half pass, flying change, then canter half pass back to the wall, collected work and extended work no problems.

And the cool down was the same, finish trotting on a longer rein to stretch, slow it down and then a really, really good walk off.
Thank you!

I was afraid arthritis may be the end of the riding for her, but talking to both of you it may be not. :) Gives me some hope for sure!
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post #14 of 27 Old 09-19-2013, 10:05 AM
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No way.. look at the way the old booger goes! 17.2hh of beastiness.

Also, should mention I generally rode him on the inside track as it was softer, and when the weather was REALLY wet and or cold/ icy/slippy he didn't go out.

This horse had cheeky written all over him. Great mover, and great learning horse. I wish I had never sold him, but his new owner has learnt so much and adores him
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post #15 of 27 Old 09-19-2013, 10:14 AM
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Arthritis is NOT a pasture-sound only sentence. You can't reverse what damage has been done, but you can do your best to prevent further damage with the help of injections, supplements etc. For most horses anyways, some doing everything may not help.

With my girlI, a life threatening injury/infection was nearly the end of her. We pushed through that, got her healthy, and ended up with arthritis in the end. I'll take it!

She is actually in barrel training. So far, she has held up with NO limitations. I will get yearly XRays done to see how she is doing. And I have chiropractic work and good farrier work done on her too. Make sure feet are in tip-top shape.

Arthritis is quite manageable these days. Just remember, one thing may not work foh hm, but using two or three things in conjunction with one another...may be key. So try multiple things until you get the right combination.
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post #16 of 27 Old 09-19-2013, 05:18 PM
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I have a friend who uses the hock boots on her TB mare and says they have made a world of difference for her stiff hocks. I have the back pad and quick wraps and absolutely love them.
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post #17 of 27 Old 09-24-2013, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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I ordered BOT (should come on Thu). Also got a bucket of supplements (same dosage as those from Smartpack, but twice cheaper!) from my vet.

He's coming tomorrow for the 2nd shot, so I'll ask about Pentosan as well.

Thanks, everyone, for the support! :)

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Exciting! Good luck. I remember when I first got my BOT wraps. My mom has a bad knee, and I wrapped one around her knee to test and see if it really works. LoL
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Subbing! I've been contemplating ordering them. Can't wait to hear how they work out for you!
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post #20 of 27 Old 09-26-2013, 07:13 AM Thread Starter
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Subbing! I've been contemplating ordering them. Can't wait to hear how they work out for you!
Definitely will post. As CLP already said they have to be introduced gradually (I got instructions from SmartPack too), so will take couple weeks.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed the combination of things will work.

BTW, vet suggested to wait on pentosan shots to see if legends together with supplements and BOT will be enough for the moment. If lameness will stay -> we'll try those too.

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