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        02-03-2014, 07:04 PM
      #11
    Foal
    I would get a vet. But arthritis can be helped by movement. Maybe some pasture time (so she doesn't get to stiff)
         
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        02-07-2014, 12:47 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    No body here can tell you what is wrong with her or what supplements she needs. We do not know this horse. Your vet can help you do a lameness exam/all over check and help you determine what sort of supplements (if any) will be good for the horse.
         
        02-08-2014, 05:07 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
    What are pony nuts and what are you calling chaf ? Straw ?
         
        02-08-2014, 07:53 AM
      #14
    Showing
    Chaff is the dry, scaly protective casings of the seeds of cereal grain, or similar fine, dry, scaly plant material such as finely chopped straw. Livestock can eat it and in agriculture it is used as livestock fodder, Because ponies are so prone to laminitis or as they call it grass founder in the UK, special feeds are available like we don't see in NA and I wish we did. When hay prices went thro the roof one year I fed fodder in addition to hay for it's roughage. My costs went up very little and the horses wintered very well.
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        02-10-2014, 12:13 AM
      #15
    Foal
    I agree with the owner and your conjecture as well - yes, trimming, especially a drastic trim, can leave the foot bruised and sore, so a little lameness after a trim isn't all that abnormal.

    But as you've said if she's stiff after spending the night inside and stiff at the trot (which is a lot of bouncy movement on the joints), it sounds a lot to me like arthritis. I'm not here to make diagnoses and obviously it's impossible to get the whole picture on the internet, but have a vet out, talk to him/her about your concerns and that will be the best person to tell you what supplements, meds and exercise regime will best fit her needs and reduce her lameness and discomfort.
         
        03-19-2014, 05:45 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Hi everyone just an update.. I had the chiropractor out, Bonnie is very arthritic in her back end pretty much all the way down but more so in her rear left fetlock, this is there she rests after riding etc, she has been on green lipped mussel devils claw apple cider vinegar and oils, she has improved slightly.
    I took a photo today of her hooves, she is wearing down her rear left hoof a lot more than the others and on a strange angle, I'm not sure how to add the picture ??? It's on my iphone.
    I wondered what people's opinion is on why its wearing like that? My guess is she's maybe dragging that leg?
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        03-19-2014, 10:29 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Shame, esp for a horse so young.

    She may be, I would watch her closely when she moves (no help on the iPhone part)

    Are you riding her? Work is good as long as she can handle it, you could even bute her lightly before work if need be.

    Did you put her on a joint supplement specifically? It may help.

    Is she able to get more turnout time?

    What advice did the vet give? For day to day? Long term..injections?

    Thank you for the update! I am glad you have a diagnosis and are taking steps to handle it and she is improving.
         

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