Arthritis in fetlock. Please help. =(

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  1. katiedidit

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    Please help me with my 14 year old horse. She is my baby and I don't want to see her in pain. She is suffering from arthritis in her fetlock joint and I'm afraid to ride her or do anything because I don't want to cause her pain. Her fetlock is extremely swollen and I thought maybe it would get better in time but it just got worse. I am not a horse professinal and can't afford a costly vet treatment... Any suggestions?
    I don't have n exact pic of her but i found a pic that looks like her hooves. its just on the two back hooves, the front ones are fine.
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    Please Give me any information you can. I don't want Zoey in pain and I want to enjoy riding her like I used too.
    Thank you SOOOOO much!
    -Katieā™„;)
     
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  2. RickB.

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    How do you know its arthritis and not something else?

    In looking at the photo, DSLD/ESPA was the first thing that I thought of.
     
  3. Lopinslow

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    WOW... :eek::eek2:
    if that's what her feet and pasters look like, i wouldn't be riding her at all!

    you NEED a vet out to assess the situation. a joint injection may help, feed thru supplements, adequan, etc.
     
  4. katiedidit

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    Well I was looking on google under fetlock arthritis and this photo popped up and it look like her fetlocks. And I have no idea what DSLD and ESPA is. I'm a beginner in horses, I've only had Horses for about 2-3 years. I'm still learning lol.
     
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    Her hooves don't look like this, her hooves are healthy, it's just the fetlocks are real swollen.
    And I stated that I stopped riding her as soon as I noticed them swelling. I;m not that stupid lol.
     
  6. Lopinslow

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    I hope to god the angle of her pastern doesn't look like it does in the photo you posted.....

    i'm sorry, I understand money is tight for everyone, but if she's lame and swollen, she should really see a vet.
     
  7. katiedidit

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    Unfortunately, it is. And I have one more question. s the arthritis hereditary? Because she's due in May... And I need to take precautions on the symptoms of it so I can take care of it right away and not let it get this bad like Zoey's previous owner did. And I don't want the newborn colt to die from arthritis or anything.
     
  8. CrazyHorse

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    If her fetlocks are dropped like the ones on the horse in the photo that means she probably has something degenerative going on such as DSLD. If it is DSLD (needs to be diagnosed by a vet) instead of arthritis (could be both) she will need stall rest, specialized farrier care and analgesics as needed for pain. You can also wrap the legs with supportive leg wraps but for no more than 12 hours per day.
    I know you said you're not riding her now, but if her fetlocks do in fact look as bad as the fetlocks in the photo, she should not be ridden at all until she is seen and cleared by a vet.
     
  9. CrazyHorse

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    Pregnancy can certainly cause increased swelling esp. since she's so far along, and with her fetlocks in the condition you say they're in, that's just stress on top of stress. It would help a lot if you could post some photos.
     
  10. Lopinslow

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    if her pastern angles are THAT bad... then i would not be riding her at all.

    arthritis itself is not heriditary, but poor conformation that can CAUSE arthritis is.

    can I ask why you bred her? even high quality registered foals from proven bloodlines are selling for pennies on the dollar, there can be complications that will cost you a whole heck of a lot more than a simple vet appt would to check out her fetlocks. 3yrs ago i lost my proven show mare 4 days after foaling. it cost me $1800 to try and save her, then $1300 just in milk replacer to get him to 3 months old!
     






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