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post #1 of 21 Old 03-22-2010, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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New to the forum and need help!!!

Hi All! I am new to the forum and thought maybe I can find some help, ideas, thoughts, etc.

I have a 10y/o Irish TB named Forrest Gump that rescued. He was 500lbs underweight, anemic, muscle wasting, etc. It has been almost a year to date and I am proud to say he had an amazing comeback! His anemia went away within a month of treatment and the heart murmur just went away with the vet visit last week!

When I got him we noticed he was in pain and I had a Chiro look at him. We did a lameness exam and noticed his Sacroiliac joint was in pain. So through a series of bute rehab and longing rehab we were able to eliminate the pain. He had a significant hitch and dragged his toe. I haven't ridden him, due to being underweight, but I have the go ahead to ride. It has been noticed that he doesn't "move quite right" behind.

I'm hoping that its due to the muscle wasting and not being in shape for nearly 4 years. Does anyone have any experience with horses like him? Issues? what did you do?

I am posting some pictures and videos below! Thanks everyone!

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post #2 of 21 Old 03-22-2010, 02:19 PM
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My goodness! Huge kudos to you for bringing him back so beautifully!! The difference you have encouraged is remarkable : )

Yeah, he's got a little hitch in the hind, looks Left hind to me but I won't swear to it. Also, it seems to be mechanical, not pain driven. This could mean a variety of things but one thought would be that it is because of his muscle atrophe, as in when his body finally resorted to sustaining itself from itself, started with the 'lighter' tissues that hold ligament/muscle/tendon together and generate their strength. He might not improve further in the hind, or he could clean right up. Either way, with your vet's blessing, I would say (however conservatively at first) ride, Forrest, ride : )

After you DO get up, you might consider a joint or tendon supplement. Even something as benign as MSM as an anti-inflammatoury can make the difference. I say 'after' because you want to know what his limits are before potentially masking something.

Walk. A lot. Trot for re-evalutation and to take a quick break from walking : ). Build as he does.


Well done, ForrestGump! And welcome to the forum. I am very new here as well.

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post #3 of 21 Old 03-22-2010, 02:30 PM
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My goodness! Huge kudos to you for bringing him back so beautifully!! The difference you have encouraged is remarkable : )


Well done, ForrestGump! And welcome to the forum. I am very new here as well.

You did a fantastic job on him. He looks great. You are a good mom and a good person.
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post #4 of 21 Old 03-22-2010, 03:00 PM
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all i can say is....... WOW! he looks good in the pictures!
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Thanks everyone! He is a very good boy! Once we got his system on a normal track he fattened up right away! I do have him on Corti-flex right now and plan to continue that. We also started giving him vitamin E, over the counter from wal-mart, 10 pills once a day. My vet said it would help his muscles a lot.

I dont mind much of a hitch and when he rounds up it pretty much goes away. I dont plan on making him a hunter, but when round just floats around. Before when we were working on rehab to eliminate the pain, his hitch did progressively get better...so I hope that is the key! a simple easy work outplan.

Luckily I am moving him to a hillier place thats about 250acres. So I plan on lots of walk trail rides all over the place! But I will try to keep everyone posted!
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Welcome to the forum!!
You've done an excellent job on rehabbing him, way to go!! I see that hitch you're talking about, unfortunately I have no recommendations other than to stick with what's working - i.e. your vet's and chiropractor's advice.


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post #7 of 21 Old 03-22-2010, 03:12 PM
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First off congratulations on your handsome man. Bless your heart for bringing him back to good health. Also welcome to the forum
Its good that you are going to be in a place with hills. I have a filly with a stifle lock problem. That was my first thought when you said he was dragging a leg. Work going up and down hills is great for working the hind quarter. Good luck with him and keep up the great work.


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post #8 of 21 Old 03-22-2010, 04:07 PM
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That was a great job you've done. Have fun riding him!
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Might I recommend something else? Its only four dollars more than the Cortaflex pellets at valleyvet.com and its worked wonders for my OTTB. He has arthritis in both his back hocks and doesn't move right without it, actually reminds me of your your boys back left leg hitches up. It has basically everything that is recommended for joint health all in one supplement. I give double the recommended dose, but its definitely worth it.

Flex-Force with HA Corta-Flx (Equine - Horse Supplements - Joint - Powdered/Pellet)

Either way, he looks absolutely FABULOUS. Great job.
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post #10 of 21 Old 03-22-2010, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Might I recommend something else? Its only four dollars more than the Cortaflex pellets at valleyvet.com and its worked wonders for my OTTB. He has arthritis in both his back hocks and doesn't move right without it, actually reminds me of your your boys back left leg hitches up. It has basically everything that is recommended for joint health all in one supplement. I give double the recommended dose, but its definitely worth it.

Flex-Force with HA Corta-Flx (Equine - Horse Supplements - Joint - Powdered/Pellet)

Either way, he looks absolutely FABULOUS. Great job.

Thanks for the suggestion I will definitely look into. Right now I use this kind...
Cortaflex Horse Glucosamine Pellets With HA

but its also convenient too. But I will definitely think about it!
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