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14th September 2009, 07:35 PM
can arthiritus be avoided or prevented or will it happen anyway?
I have a 7yr old mare who has done very litttle apart from hacking. I would like to know what i can do to prevent arthiritus. Obviously work load etc.
Is there anything to feed her to ward off ?
14th September 2009, 07:49 PM
I wouldnt be too concerned at 7 with arthritis, im not sure about how well you can prevent in but my old boy was on a good supplement called Extra Flex HA by feedmark and he was super supple off that and didnt click anymore
14th September 2009, 08:18 PM
There are definitely ways to help reduce the risk of arthritis in the future.
Making sure she is not over worked, or worked hard on solid ground, minimising road work and making sure that she does not carry too heavy weights, this including keeping her at a good fitness level, will all help prevent arthritis in the future.
Of course there's always cases where arthritis just happens, especially with age - but by being careful with them when they're younger will all help when she's older. At 7 there shouldn't be too much of a worry with arthritis if she's been worked properly in the past and not charged around too much.
Arthritis isn't the end of the world though, a lot of it just needs some careful management and cutting down acitivity that's hard on the joints and the horse is still very much rideable.
14th September 2009, 09:22 PM
15th September 2009, 04:06 PM
Its the fluid in the joints that deteriorates with age that causes the cartilage to wear away and then the joints become damaged and causes arthritis. If you maintain the synovial fluid through good diet, managed work and supplements such as cortaflex it lessens the severity and earlty onset of arthritis.
17th September 2009, 02:48 PM
My lad was only 11 when he was diagnosed with arthritis in his pasterns. I thought that my world had collapsed when he was diagnosed, however, with good supplements and a bit of time he came fully sound and has been for over three years now.
Sadly, five weeks ago he went badly lame again with the same problem and I am now keeping everything crossed that he eventually comes sound again.
Arthritis is a horrible condition which unfortunately, once suffered from, will just continue to get worse and worse as time goes on, as it is a degenerative joint disease (DJD). Banjo is slowly getting better, he's still on bute and rest, but is not now as lame as he was a month ago, so I am hopeful. This is why I have put what I have put in my signature - Cherish Every Day - that photo as well was at our Yard Summer Show when he was completely sound - the last time that I rode him properly:(
Having said all that doom and gloom - arthritis can often be managed very well, with trial and error of good supplements etc. I find Pernamax worked wonders when Banjo was first diagnosed - I am still using the tablets but am also now trying the topical gel.
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