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post #1 of 13 Old 06-24-2019, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Horse with arthritis

I have a 23-year-old gelding who has arthritis. I am looking for something to relieve some of the pain. I have used bute and works for riding, but I'm looking for something just to give him while he is the pasture. My younger brother loves riding him but I don't want him to be in pain we don't let him do anything other than a walk with him.


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post #2 of 13 Old 06-24-2019, 09:38 PM
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Oftentimes the best thing for arthritic horses is to keep them moving - just standing around in the pasture isn't going to help them much. I would encourage you to ride him at a walk, possibly more, depending on your vets recommendations. My mare that had hock arthritic at 10 years old always felt her best when I could take her on walking rides or long hand walks as often as possible.
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post #3 of 13 Old 06-24-2019, 09:47 PM
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Previcox and a monthly IM injection like Pentosan or Adequan. Joint injections if warranted.



Regular, gentle exercise.
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Previcox is what you are looking for. Less harsh on their belly, but more expensive than bute.
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post #5 of 13 Old 06-25-2019, 03:19 PM
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Started our 20 year old gelding on Previcox about two weeks ago after suspected arthritis in hocks (we are waiting for X-rays). Today, he would NOT be caught in the pasture! Running around like a colt, kicking his heels, etc. He is definitely feeling better - my daughter can feel it under saddle too (he's her horse) and I don't see any stiffness in the back end anymore. We're happy with the Previcox for now, though once we have a confirmed diagnosis, we'll look at other options. We did not want to bute him because he has a tendency to get ulcers. The Previcox is a daily (tiny) pill in his food. Easy to administer.

The equine version is Equioox (sp?) but is more expensive. Our vet just sold me Previcox which is actually for dogs.
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post #6 of 13 Old 06-25-2019, 06:05 PM
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Previcox and a monthly IM injection like Pentosan or Adequan. Joint injections if warranted.



Regular, gentle exercise.
Agree with this, riding him at a walk will be helpful.

Previcox is good, however if you don't feel like he needs actual meds you could try something like ButeLess (herbal). I would touch bases with the vet and see where he thinks the horse is at. I would definitely start a joint supplement if he's not on one already.
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Maybe I should mention that our gelding was also put on turmeric and freshly ground black pepper (yes, I grind pepper into his food twice a day... I may be certifiable). This was recommended by my equine nutritionist as a natural anti-inflammatory.

https://www.arthritis.org/living-wit...e/turmeric.php

It needs to be in oil to be absorbed - I use camelina oil. Some just make golden paste.

I don't know if it made a difference or if it's more the Previcox, but I'm keeping him on it since it can't hurt. And weirdly, he loves the flavor. So do my other two horses who keep trying to get into his food!

Maybe we're all certifiable.
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Equioxx and Previcoxx should be the same price. Idk if that's made it up to Canada or not but FINALLY someone made a fuss about it.
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All good suggestions, I would also like to add that Legend is a great product. I used it on my 26 year old mare. It basically just helps lube up all the joints. It is one injection once a week for two weeks then as needed, hers would last her about 3 months before she would need another. I rode her about 3 times a week.
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post #10 of 13 Old 06-25-2019, 10:08 PM
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All good suggestions, I would also like to add that Legend is a great product. I used it on my 26 year old mare. It basically just helps lube up all the joints. It is one injection once a week for two weeks then as needed, hers would last her about 3 months before she would need another. I rode her about 3 times a week.

Does require IV injections though.


If the OP is comfortable with IV, Legend is another great option. Otherwise the vet needs to come out every time to administer.
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