Arthritis Help

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  • QuarterHorsegirl92305 Original Poster
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    I have a 12 year old American Quarter Horse mare. Her name is Unions Skipa Sugar (sugar for short). She has minor Arthritis in her hocks. If I work her hard she will begin to become sore and give an occasional crow hop reminding me of it. I put lineament on her legs every time I work her and once a week I mud her legs.

    I ride Western and sometimes I jump English with her just for fun. When I bought her she was a cutting horse, now that I have her I use her for working our cows on our farm and I show her in the spring (which tends to make her arthritis flare up).

    I never stall her unless it is absolutely necessary because she stocks up bad and she hates being stalled, so she is on pasture 24/7. I feed her half a scoop of grain once a day with 2 pats of hay (she is very easy to keep weight on) salt, and electrolytes. I am ordering Smartflex III and Smartdigest Ultra from smartpak to help her joints.

    she has never coliced or had stomach ulcers. She is very healthy no heaves or anything like that. I am looking for advice on how to help her not become so sore. I ride her almost everyday and for at least an hour. She is my baby and I am trying to find more ways to help her, so any help you can give will be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks and have a blessed day!
    John 3:16
    Psalm 20:7

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    If you know she has arthritis to that extent, don’t work her hard enough to cause her pain.

    It is never the horse's fault

    QuarterHorsegirl800 QuarterHorsegirl800
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 7

    Sorry for the long reply, been busy.
    I have not been working her as hard as I used to. But I am not nearly ready to retire her, so I am looking for something to help with the pain. It can be store bought, homemade, essential oils, anything! thanks!

    Mom of 2 horses:
    12 yr Quarter Horse mare, Unions Skipa Sugar (sugar for short)
    7 yr Miniature Horse Alice's Lil Red Cloud (Cloudy for short)
    40+ Chickens
    8 ducks
    2 dogs
    1 cat
    2 pigs
    6 Dairy Cows
    2 Beef Cows
    8 St. Croix Sheep
    3 Quail
    And I am a Child of God! You can be to!
    John 3:16
    Psalm 20:7

    "I smile when I catch god watching me through the eyes of a horse."

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    What I meant (and should have explained more carefully) is to stop her work before she starts to get sore. As for helping her, I would check with my vet first (I am too paranoid to not ask the vet) as to what s/he thinks might be best. No point in spending money on something that won’t help. You may just have to cut her riding time in half, or do something not too stressful, such as trail rides. I wouldn’t say retire her, just go more gently with her.

    It is never the horse's fault

    QuarterHorsegirl800 QuarterHorsegirl800
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 7

    Thanks! I have asked my vet and she said when she gets sore to give her a day or two of and put poultice on her legs before/after rides. That does not really seem to help. Thanks again!

    Mom of 2 horses:
    12 yr Quarter Horse mare, Unions Skipa Sugar (sugar for short)
    7 yr Miniature Horse Alice's Lil Red Cloud (Cloudy for short)
    40+ Chickens
    8 ducks
    2 dogs
    1 cat
    2 pigs
    6 Dairy Cows
    2 Beef Cows
    8 St. Croix Sheep
    3 Quail
    And I am a Child of God! You can be to!
    John 3:16
    Psalm 20:7

    "I smile when I catch god watching me through the eyes of a horse."

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    I got a produce called “Bute Less”, which helps my 23 year old Arabian gelding. His issues are from going over backwards in the starting gate in his youth. I don’t know how it would help with hocks or legs, but you could look into it. It is better than using bute, which can damage the digestive system if used too often.

    http://www.jefferspet.com/products/bute-less-pellets

    Amazon also carries it, and Smartpak may have something comparable.

    It is never the horse's fault

    DressageRider5 DressageRider5
    Topics Started: 6Replies Posted: 14

    Maybe try one of Smartpaks Smartflex supplements. Buteless (as mentioned above) has Devils Claw which can be harsh on a horse’s stomach. Just a thought. I sort of have a similar situation and the people at Smartpak recommended Smartflex Resilience 3. Maybe give them a call and see if they can help? Hope your horse gets better!

    QuarterHorsegirl800 QuarterHorsegirl800
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 7

    Thanks for all the answers and I will look into the stuff mentioned above! Thanks again! I hope something will work!

    Mom of 2 horses:
    12 yr Quarter Horse mare, Unions Skipa Sugar (sugar for short)
    7 yr Miniature Horse Alice's Lil Red Cloud (Cloudy for short)
    40+ Chickens
    8 ducks
    2 dogs
    1 cat
    2 pigs
    6 Dairy Cows
    2 Beef Cows
    8 St. Croix Sheep
    3 Quail
    And I am a Child of God! You can be to!
    John 3:16
    Psalm 20:7

    "I smile when I catch god watching me through the eyes of a horse."

    ponygirl360 ponygirl360
    Topics Started: 8Replies Posted: 41

    I’ve had great success with bute less and also STP. Has your vet suggested any type of joint injections?

    QuarterHorsegirl800 QuarterHorsegirl800
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 7

    I had her hocks injected last summer. It helped a little, but not whole lot. BTW ponygirl360 the horse in your profile pic is BEAUTIFUL!

    Mom of 2 horses:
    12 yr Quarter Horse mare, Unions Skipa Sugar (sugar for short)
    7 yr Miniature Horse Alice's Lil Red Cloud (Cloudy for short)
    40+ Chickens
    8 ducks
    2 dogs
    1 cat
    2 pigs
    6 Dairy Cows
    2 Beef Cows
    8 St. Croix Sheep
    3 Quail
    And I am a Child of God! You can be to!
    John 3:16
    Psalm 20:7

    "I smile when I catch god watching me through the eyes of a horse."

    ponygirl360 ponygirl360
    Topics Started: 8Replies Posted: 41

    I hope you find something to help her! And thank you!!! 🙂

    gstant01
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 1

    I have a 13 year old Mare. Same problem, she has never been penned so she is on pasture, along with my other 3 mares of various ages. But she is arthritic. I Barrel Race her, only once in a while if I compete. I do not run her daily. I do ride her 3 to 4 times a week on trail rides. Walk, trot, canter. Sounds like you should put her on a good joint supplement, msm, and if I were you I would consider Cosequin injections in her hocks.. Good Luck

    QuarterHorsegirl800 QuarterHorsegirl800
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 7

    Thanks! She had hock injections last summer and she will be getting them again this summer. I will buy some MSM and try that. I had her on it for a little while but I just stopped giving it to her (this was before her arthritis).

    Mom of 2 horses:
    12 yr Quarter Horse mare, Unions Skipa Sugar (sugar for short)
    7 yr Miniature Horse Alice's Lil Red Cloud (Cloudy for short)
    40+ Chickens
    8 ducks
    2 dogs
    1 cat
    2 pigs
    6 Dairy Cows
    2 Beef Cows
    8 St. Croix Sheep
    3 Quail
    And I am a Child of God! You can be to!
    John 3:16
    Psalm 20:7

    "I smile when I catch god watching me through the eyes of a horse."

    S
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 2

    I have a 22, almost 23 year old Arabian mare who has arthritic hocks. She was ridden lightly this past spring (had checked with my veterinarian) until she became quite sore. She is on Smart Pak joint supplement. This past fall I had her hocks injected by my veterinarian. Over the past few months she appears better (more balanced on her hind legs- standing better.). I also read that flax seed is an anti inflamatory and she is on that also (1 scoop AM and 1 scoop PM). Her feed is very simple: small amount of cleaned oats (about 1 1/2 cups) and a mix of first and second cutting hay AM and PM pretty much free choice. She also has access to salt and water. this February she appears to be improving ….not showing signs of soreness.
    The Danish have been studying arthritis in horses and have been using an injectable that seems to be producing good results with regard to putting horses back to work. I have spoken to my veterinarian about this drug and may try it on my mare. Another option to consider.

    Cutter boy Cutter boy
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 6

    Our 20 year old mare is appearing stiff and gets cranky when asked to trot during our therapeutic riding lessons. I put her on tight joint, which when she ate it, it’d help a lot but she’s a picky eater and wouldn’t always eat it. I find it to be well worth it!

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