I'll have to start saving, and it may be a while before I can get that done, but it is something I'd like to have done.
Farrier just left a little while ago and I asked him about a swollen spot on her knee that has came and went for the past year and just recently decided to come and stay... He said it was a calcium deposit and that there's a chance she'll pop her knee in a year or so. He had/has a horse with the same issue.
Is she a lateral pacer when she's in the pasture and possibly does the Stepping Pace or rack under saddle?
My horse is a Step Pacer and a hard lateral pacer in the pasture. I never saved the article but, I read somewhere that horses built to do a hard lateral pace at liberty are more prone to arthritis issues.
My horse has a calcium deposit between his hock and fetlock. It was very painful for him until it fused.
I keep a tub of Sore-No-More and a box of vet wrap in the cupboard for when he really starts favoring that leg. If I slather the clay poultice on pretty thick and wrap it with vet wrap for the night (he comes in at night), he's much improved after a few treatments.
Also, Lubrisyn-HA really does help. I didn't think it did until I ran out right when the house insurance was due, so didn't buy any. I realized just how much it helps lubricate the joints when my horse started to really favor that leg.
It's a joint lubricant and safe for metabolic horses in case that turns out to be an issue.
The horse gets 15ml daily so it lasts a long time. Equine « LubriSyn
She is dragging her toes, tripping, stumbling? Loss of energy combined with those things might mean something else is wrong.