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Today I went out to the barn to ride, and I got some shots of the Big Guy to share with ya :D

He's doing so much better *knocks on wood* and is looking alot better, but still has a way to go.

He needs to gain about 100 more lbs, but I am pretty pleased with how he looks in relation to everything that has happened to him this much. He needs to get his muscle back, but that'll come over time.

Here he is with his buddy Bourbon:




Here we are in the isle way getting ready to head out:




This is that Collegiate that I am borrowing for now. Love this saddle. It is Pommel low right now because it has the wide gullet in it. I am really padding his back up since he has absolutely no topline what-so-ever.




Here he is after our 1 hour walk ride:








Here is his leg, today. The injury was what? Jan 1st?

 

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It is very unique isn't it :) Everyone who's met him in the past, recognizes him years later due to it.

Makes him one of a kind :)
 

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WOW! He is looking great after a serious leg injury and a severe colic episode. I'm so happy he's doing better!
 

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Thanks Drew! His leg looks fabulous doesn't it, compared to what it was?! There is a smidge bit of heat in his hock still, on the inside, but other than that, nothing.

Still a bit of swelling as well, my vet said to sweat it and see what that does, and he's starting his Adequan tomorrow and I put him on an oral suppliment as well that has Yucca and MSN and HA in it. I hope that'll help with the swelling.

At the walk, he moves very nicely. The indoor was packed today because Jump Teams started and Nelson got alot of compliments today, and how amazed everyone is at where he is now *the barn of 40 people have been involved since day one*. He is moving smoothly, tracking up - I'm very happy.

I know he's still ribby, but he has his face stuffed in a round bale all day during his daytime turn out, and then in his stall he has hay being thrown to him throughout the night.

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Thanks Savvy!
 

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Your welcome MIE I have been following all of your threads on Nelson I think he is a lovely horse and I was so happy when you said he was getting better you had really bad luck all at once but things can only get better now :D
 

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Adequan worked MIRACLES with Ginisee. Hopefully it will do the same for your ol' guy :D
 

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*HUGS* Savvy! Thank you :) Your kindness and friendship means alot to both Nelson and I.

Drew - I am excited about getting him started - but my pocket book is not. lol. I was going to get a full box for $200 something..but my Vet said it isn't a good idea, because Adequan is not meant to be a long term, permenant thing.

I was told that Adequan is supposed to be a "repair" IM, for only a few months *like 4 - 5* then when significant signs of improvement show, you move your horse off of Adequan and then onto a maintenance IM or suppliment.

Have you heard that before? I asked a few people at the barn and they said "yes, that is true" but I've never heard it before.
 

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Well, I never had Ginisee on an IV treatment or hock injections. I always had her on the IM injections. But I have heard that many vets want to gradually wean a horse off of the expensive stuff and onto maintenance supplements. I also had Ginisee on Corta-Flx after Adequan and she did great on that, too.

Though I haven't had Gin on Adequan for quite a few years now (no need, she's retired!), my vet has a generic that is much more affordable that he claims works just the same. Might want to look into a generic if you are worried about the expense.
 

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Been following his illness. What a miracle he has been. So nice to see him with tack on and moving along nicely again. I'll keep sending you both some happy vibes and prayers that he may continue to do well and recover :)
 

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Thanks everyone!

Hubby and I talked about it with my Vet and she said start out with Glucosamine. There is no need to put him on something like Adequan right away unless we know for sure that he needs it. Start out with Glucosamine and then see how he does on that, and then move to something stronger if needed.

My Husband thinks I am putting more into Nelson than needed because I feel guilty about everything that has happened to him.
 

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Sounds like a good way to go about it. Tell your husband... "until you have been an aging, off the track thoroughbred you can't actually tell what he needs" :D Haha
 

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LOL, it is so stressfull!

But I see his and my Vets point. Too much of a good thing, especially if it is something that he doesn't need, is bad. I don't want to smother him with all this un-needed stuff, while I am thinking I am helping him, I could be hurting him.
 

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I do agree with that. But something needs to be done right? I mean, Glucosamine at the very least. Just to start out with. If you don't see improvement then you can take him off of it. It should help him regain the full use of his hock.

My 14 yr old dog was so spoiled as a younger dog (by my great grandfather) with allergy shots, special diet food, etc. that now he actually needs it. He didn't before but now he is dependent on it. ugh.
 

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Aww! I love seeing pictures of Nelson! He looks like such a sweetie. I'm REALLY glad he's doing better.
 

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Nelson definately does need to be on something. My vet said because he is 20 and has been used hard throughout his life, that absolutely yes he needs to be on something.

I started him on Corta-Flx pellets, and was going to do the Adequan, but instead we'll start with Glucosamine.

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Thanks everyone!
 
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