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My 22 yr old mare has been diagnosed with a bruised suspensory, with arthritis in her hock, same side. I am following vet’s orders, but would like to add supplements to help avoid this in the future. She was getting turned out with another horse and ridden 3-4 times a week, with a 10-20 minute lunge to warm up. I have been hand walking/ponying her for the last 6 weeks, and still no change. Most people tell me this is old age and arthritis, but my other horse is 32 and sound. any thoughts?
Putting a horse on a longe line is probably too stressful (jointwise, not nerves) for her. Smartpak has several different supplements that may help her, but recovering from a bruised suspensory is just going to take time.
It is never the horse's fault
Each horse is an individual. The fact that the older horse has stayed sound and the younger one has not just means they are 2 different horses who are aging in 2 different ways.
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