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Can i ride my horse daily if he has a little arthritis?

The vet just came out and said my horse has arthritis. We are going to give him a shot everyyear to help with it and he also said give him some brut for his joint before riding. Would it be ok if i still rode him almost everyday? If so how long can I a day?

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It's something that you need to pay attention to when riding. I would suggest doing a variety of workouts if you're going to work him daily - riding, lunging, even driving if you have the equipment or want to teach him (its really not hard to teach btw.) The key is to make sure you warm him up well first, and make sure to do some walking laps for a cool down. Also be attentive when riding for any gimpiness in his gait.

The length of the workout depends on the intensity, and what exactly you do. If you do jumps, barrels, or other strenuous stuff, I wouldn't do that for more than 30 minutes, and only once or twice a week. If you ride pleasure, you can ride him an hour or so as long as he's not overworked. You'll have to use your best judgment about what is strenuous for him. My horse has had arthritis for years and we still take him on trail rides - the trails aren't mountainous or rough though - but we also give him supplements daily and he doesn't require Bute. I would recommend looking into joint supplements such as glucosamine and chondroiton instead of relying only on Bute (an anti-inflammatory.) They don't react to each other, but always discuss it with your vet first.

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If your legs hurt, would you want to carry extra weight? I'm sure the horse will have good days and bad days. Maybe walk him around to see how he feels before deciding to ride.

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Start slow and take your your clue from the behavior of your horse. If you ride western I would keep the galloping to a minimum if at all.

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Why didn't you just ask your vet that question?

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You did not say where the arthritis is...hocks or elsewhere. By shot if you mean joint injections I advise against them. Many vets do them but over time they wear the joint down. Adequan, IM monthly after dosing is an alternative and pentossin IM has shown to increase sinovial fluid in joints. Leaving your horse in pasture so it can move is also important. Regarding riding daily, I would say it depends on severity and treatment but generally arthritic people and horses do better when moving.

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Shouldn't you have asked the vet this?

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Exercise is actually good for both people and animals with arthritis.
Warm him up slowly, ask him to flex and stretch.
We've had many with arthritis and they continued to not only get ridden but competed.
Ask your vet about prevocox, it's great!

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