Managing Arthritis

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  • DocsWinsomCash Original Poster DocsWinsomCash
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    My 18 yr old mare is starting to show some signs of very mild arthritis, mostly in her hocks. We’ve started her on Adequan for the time being as well as keeping her on Senior Smartflex. My trainer doesn’t think she should have her hocks injected quite yet, we dont show and have been doing mostly flatwork and light trail riding. Vet will be coming out for her yearly in a week. Just curious if anyone has any best pratices or tips for managing a case of very mild arthritis?

    Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, they will have to accept that their life will be radically changed.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    My gelding (24 years old, former racing Arabian) is doing fine with just the Smartflex, but his arthritis is in his spine, not his hocks. I don’t know if that makes a difference.

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    DocsWinsomCash Original Poster DocsWinsomCash
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    My mare was okay with just the senior smartflex for a while, I had started her on it late fall and didn’t ride much due to a rough winter. Were riding 3-4 times a week for about 20 mins or so and she just seems like shes needing something more. Does your geldings act up under certian conditions(different seasons, work…ect)?

    Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, they will have to accept that their life will be radically changed.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Well, he has Arabian moments, but I cannot say if the arthritis has anything to do with that. Things such as – trotting is so boring, let’s make this a rodeo. That house wasn’t there yesterday, and it must be haunted. Parked tractors are dragons in disguise, but moving ones are okay. I wouldn’t use him as a referent. There are people! I’ve never seen people before! He is a lot of fun.

    It is never the horse's fault

    DocsWinsomCash Original Poster DocsWinsomCash
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    Oh my! He sounds like he’s got quite a personality. My mare, Lexus, She’s got a very been there done that attitude, although we just have just started taking dressage lessons and she’s very professional about it. She knows what to do and if you ask perfectly she will give you 110%. I noticed the stiffness in her hind end a bit more when we started our lessons because she didn’t seem to want to reach under herself as much. We just started the Adequan so it’s to early to tell how much it’s helping her.

    Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, they will have to accept that their life will be radically changed.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    He is overflowing with personality, but is a very kind horse. I would not presume to offer medical advice, but my suggestion is always to consult your vet. Not every horse will respond in the same way to any treatment, and of course I have never seen yours nor am I a vet. If you are just beginning dressage, might it be partly that she is using her body in a way unfamiliar to her? Joe Joe (the horse one, not the me one) had some issues with that, but it was more that he prefers to carry his head stretched out (the better to win the race we are NOT running) than stiffness in his joints. He did grow accustomed, so maybe that time is all your girl needs?

    It is never the horse's fault

    DocsWinsomCash Original Poster DocsWinsomCash
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    I do have my vet coming out for shots in a week so I plan on having him look at her then. I was just curious if anyone had anything that they were doing that helped them manage arthritis? My last horse was a very spunky 6 year old so this is all very new to me.

    Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, they will have to accept that their life will be radically changed.

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    Every horse presents us with different challenges. If she is on the Smartflex, and you aren’t getting the results you’d like, perhaps (after the vet sees her) it would be a good idea to call Smartpak to see what they can suggest. They are always helpful, and have done wonders for my boy.

    It is never the horse's fault

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