My Morgan mare has an arthritic knee that worsened over the course of last summer. It hadn’t seem to be bothering her much before that but for the last couple of years I’ve ridden her very gently.
Then one day last fall we had a terrible ride. I can only describe as her “slogging along”. Once we reached the trail in Jim’s wood she refused to move forward which she never has done. I begged and cajoled; nuthin’, so I had no choice but to bring her back home
When I dismounted I saw that she was
covered in sweat and it was not a hot day by any means. I sponged her down, gave her some treats and released her into her pasture.
Doc came out the next week and shook his head after checking out her knee and observing her in motion. “I’m afraid her riding days are over”, he said . I asked him about Bute but he thought it might not be the best idea, saying it might cause stomach issues.
It’s ok if I don’t ride her anymore but I want to be comfortable so I began giving her a natural supplement containing turmeric, devil’s claw, yucca and willow bark. Having worked with plants my entire life, I knew these plants are a natural analgesic and also anti inflammatory. And it seems to me she’s actually doing better! For instance: when I cleaned the hoof on her bad leg, she was only able to lift it enough to set her toe on the ground and now she’s able to raise that leg a foot into the air!
I’d be delighted if I could even ride her just around the yard but it’s ok if I can’t. Doc will be out soon enough to give her her shots so I’ll see what he thinks.
Has anyone out there has success with natural products?