As we get older, our joints start to ache, and horses are no different. It’s a common problem and while more common in older horses, it can happen to the younger horse as well. It’s a regular cause of lameness as the joints stiffen and cause pain. Most affected are the knees, hocks and fetlocks and unfortunately, the condition worsens over time. What do you do about arthritis in your older horse, what are the symptoms and what are some treatments? Glad you asked!
Arthritis comes in several flavours.
The degenerative joint disease is the most common with the hocks the most affected. Symptoms can include chronic stiffness, swelling, and problems performing.
Arthritic horses, no matter their age, much like their humans, need to get out and move. They need daily exercise, little is worse for them than standing around in a stable all day. Even a brisk walk for thirty minutes can help loosen up the joints and improve their joint health. Pastures are the best option as this lets your horse exercise as they like and keep limber and fit.
Treating arthritis in older horses
AbButazone, which contains phenylbutazone, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory that reduces pain, swelling and helps your horse be their frolicking self. Phenylbutazone as granules are easy to feed to your horse. Each sachet is measured to ensure your horse receives the correct dose, as overdosing can cause problems to your horses health.
Your horse has served you well, and should be pain-free in their twilight years. Equine Musculoskeletal disorder is managed safely and affordably with AbButazone “Bute” by Abler.