I have a ten year old Arabian mare who goes lame quite often. I was working with her and a trainer the other day who said that it looks to him like she has ringbone. She is very tenderfooted and her front legs crack when she walks. She had a very bad case of thrush before I got her and even lost the frogs on her feet.
I'm not sure how to tell if it is ringbone or what else it could be. Does anyone know?
ETA: Also, welcome to the forum.
The only way to know for sure is to have x rays done. If it is ring bone they will diagnose upper or lower and work out a treatment plan. A good friend of mine had a gelding with upper ring bone at 12yo and they treated him with hyaloronic acid injections.
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You got a picture of her feet?
If someone who knows what they're on about says it 'looks' like ringbone, then it's non-articular & not necessarily problematic not likely the reason for lameness. Of course, she may also have articular ringbone, which you can't see, & anything else going on, aside from her tender hooves... or maybe it's 'just' the tender hooves.
Time to check her out thoroughly & try to get her healthy & comfortable, is now, while she's still young, while (hopefully)there is no/little serious & permanent damage.
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