What's wrong with my pony?
I recently got given a 13hh welsh section c x new forest pony. She is 14 years old.
She is lame but I don't know why. She goes stiff after been in stable all night.
She is lame when trotting etc.
She just had a farrier come do a trim precious owner hadn't trimmed her feet in a year.
Previous kwner said she has arthritis and needs to work everyday. But I don't like riding her as I'm scared I am hurting her :-(
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If something is wrong with your horse please gave a vet check her.
While arthritis makes motion painful, motion helps keep her limber and the arthritis at bay. It could just be arthritis, it could be something else or in addition to. You need a vet out, there is no way we can tell without a DVM performing an exam, and even if not you gave very vague information.
If stabling makes her worse keep her out. If it is arthritis keep her moving, either riding or on her own.
I know everyone here would love to help but not really sure how you expect us to.
If her feet haven't been trimmed in a year she may be a little sore also. Make sure you get the OK from the farrier before you ride her if her feet are in rough shape.
Exactly what they said. Trimming after so long can leave her sore. Standing in a stall can do it especially if it's not what she's used to. Do you have a turn out area for her? Arthritis does do better with exercise. Maybe you could at least sponge her shoulders and legs down with Absorbine liniment and then hand walk her until you get a vet out. A lot of what you do will depend on your living arrangements for her and your weather right now. But she's by no means old yet, lots of good years left once you get her moving comfortably. Good luck.
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Until you can get a vet out
a ) cut the stall time to zero if you can, the absolute minimum if you can't. She needs to move, so put her in a field (or a paddock) and feed her at one end and put her water at the other, then at the very least she has to walk back and forth, she has space to move as she pleases, etc.
b ) give her feet time to heal, after a year of no-trims I hope you had an experienced farrier out. Some horses can just grow long and get trimmed back down with a little soreness, others need corrective trimming to fix any damage that might have been done. Wait and see if her feet get better.
c ) Condition her. If her feet hadn't been done in a year, chances are she hadn't been ridden correctly or at all either, it's like taking an out of shape adult and then putting them to work, you get sore in your muscles and sometimes your joints. Treat her like an out of shape horse coming back into work, take her for long walks, help her build some muscle, etc.
AND get her checked by a vet, they're the only ones who will be able to tell you what she is sound to do!
You need to get a vet check done. No one on here can tell you whats wrong!
you can use liniments on her pasterns, are the bony or nobby growths ? what about her knees are they smooth and flat ? I would put her in a turn out area, place her hay in three piles so she is forced to walk pile to pile to eat. If you can get a Vet out that would be best.
Good luck , hope she is sore from just not having her hooves done and that it is not advanced arthritis
I had the back lady come out to check Bonnie over, she said she is arthritic in her back legs. But to carry on riding her everyday if she seems willing as it's good to keep her moving.
It's come to light Bonnie was used a lot for show jumping and pony games etc as she is so bombproof and good with children she's been over worked so a lot of wear and tear on her back legs.
I will continue to gradually bring her back into work, and hopefully get her jumping again soon :-)
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Ps she is a good doer only has a small token feed at tea time of chaff and pony nuts, can you suggest any supplements what will help and make her sound once again?
I've been told devils claw and cider vinegar x
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I don't know what you mean by back lady (chiro?) but I would assume she does have arthritis. If/when you do get her jumping again keep the work very light and low jumps only. It's already caused serious issues I wouldn't want to make it worse. I wouldn't try to push her to be a jumping horse. Personally I wouldn't jump her from your description, but listen to your horse, if she's uncomfortable stop, she will tell you.
I haven't heard of cider vinegar.. Devil's Claw would be good. IF she will eat it. I know of a lot of people who use it but we used it on our old mare (tried to) and she she did NOT like it. Worth a try. I think you can get powder tastier versions.
I would keep some bute on hand for bad days. Do NOT use it regularly without a vet saying so but I would use it if she has a particularly bad day or if you need to work her hard. A small amount every so often as needed is ok for most horses (I wouldn't do it on a horse with stomach issues/ulcers without a vet saying so).
I would also put her on a joint supplement and talk to the vet about joint injections or arthritis medication, etc as needed.
Because movement helps with the arthritis but movement is hard (think of when you're stiff in the morning and need to stretch out) if she is sore you might consider buting before you ride. Again, talk to a vet before you medicate, but I have know several horses with arthritis that were given bute the morning of a ride. (Or bute a sore horse before the farrier comes if need be) Of course make sure there is no problem other than arthritis because needless to say buting to ride a lame horse is BAD!
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