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post #1 of 4 Old 08-16-2009, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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New types of therapy

I do therapy with my horse Jerry, because he has some severe arthritis in his tendons, back, and neck. He gets very stiff and uncomfortable throughout most of the day. The vet prescribed some medicine for him to take away the pain and it also helps the swelling a little, but I can still tell Jerry is in a lot of pain.

So: I do therapy with him. 7 months ago, when Jerry was first diagnosed with moderately severe arthritis, I took a 6-week class on natural horsemanship/therapy to help your horse's mental and physical state. The classes were great, but Jerry didn't respond as well as I would have hoped. Then, one day, my other horse, Andromeda, accidentally got put out in the pasture with Jerry. Andy hates other horses, and she basically attacked and left him with bruises and scrapes all over. He actually got a bit depressed when he had to be stalled for 2 weeks, away from other horses.

Anyway, onto the point!

At the moment, I do some lunging work with him and some massage therapy. I'm also supposed to ice his legs twice a day, which I do. But I'm getting a little worried for Jerry's sake; he is very old and it's very hot outside. The vet came and looked at him 4 days ago and said if he doesn't start improving, his condition may worsen and cut off his breathing eventually. Please give me some suggestions on new therapy methods I could try; it might save Jerry's life!

Thanks and sorry for the rant.
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-16-2009, 11:33 PM
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Not sure what you could do, the vet would know best.
Ive never had much to do with arthritis but apparently apple cider vinegar helps, mixed into feed. Ive never actually used it but i know people who have. Could help
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-16-2009, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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thanks- I didn't know that. I'll ask the vet and see if it helps.
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-18-2009, 12:11 AM
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ACV helps with circulation among other things, which is why it can be good for an Arthritus would be worth a shot.

Peppermint oil, massaged into his sore spots, as well as around his throat area, to help soothe aches, and, again, improve circulation in those areas, can be beneficial. You can also put organic peppermint oil in his water to help keep his airway from swelling so much. He'll probably love it...Lol!

Those are about the only 'immediate' therapies I know of, besides what you are currently doing... Good luck with the old guy!

I know there's ways you can use Cayenne pepper too, but I will have to find how to mix it and what with...that's a natural remedy that really improves circulation, and is a pain reliever too...

"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."

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