Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Central Hill Country Texas
Well, there are several things you can try. Some things that work really well for one horse, doesn't seem to work as well for others, so it might be a little bit of trial and error.
MSM -anti-inflammatory properties about $35 per 5 lbs about a two month supply for one horse, I order mine through Amazon.
Stabilized ground flax seed - also has anti inflammatory properties in the form of Omega 3 fatty acids, which have the added benefit of helping out coat, mane and hooves by adding some fat to the diet. It also adds calories to the diet. $50 for a 25# bag of "Horseshine" lasts one horse about a month.
Equinox/Previcox - an oral pill given once or twice a day with feed. It is an NSAID that acts a bit like Alieve for people. It costs about $90 for a month's supply. There is some danger of it causing stomach issues such as ulcers, but I have never had an issue with that. It would be something to discuss with your vet. Previcox is the dog medication and although it is off label usage to give it to a horse, it is the same as the Equinox, but much less expensive.
Once you get into the realm of the injectables, some of which work amazingly well (Adaquan), is when you start talking perhaps $200 a month or more, so unless you are willing to go that route, I'll skip those.
The other thing that my vet prescribed for my guy's arthritis, if that is what you suspect, is mild and consistent exercise several days a week. For my old man that means 15 minutes of walking, on the good days, short spurts of trotting, like maybe around 1/2 of the arena at a time, three to four days a week.
If your horse is stalled, see if you can't get him on 24/7 pasture as just the movement of grazing will help keep the circulation going and reduce inflammation.
I also second having the vet out to diagnose the problem.
“You spend your whole life with horses and just about the time you think you have them figured out, a horse comes along that tells you otherwise.” –quote from my very wizened trainer
Last edited by Reiningcatsanddogs; 06-06-2016 at 10:37 AM.