I would still keep your horse on Adequan, but you are going to need to inject on a regular basis.
Fusing hocks HURT. They are painful. And there’s nothing you can do to stop the pain unless you inject or give something like Previcox.
One could also argue that Adequan will slow the fusing of the joint (which you don’t want, because you want it to fuse and be done with!), but with that said I still kept my Red on Adequan while his right hock was fusing.
I only injected when he told me he needed it and was sore again, but it usually was about 3 months. Being in North Dakota, I was able to “get by” only injecting him once, giving Previcox at the end of the season, and then having the winter off.
But if your horse is fusing, your horse is fusing. That’s the source of his pain. Inject if he needs it. Either that, or turn your horse out to pasture until he’s done fusing … which can be years (or never at all, for some horses).
You can look into surgical options to fuse the joint, but those don’t always work either.
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Thank you beau159 I appreciate the feedback. And I think you are right about having to inject. I called my vet this morning to ask for him to come out and go over him again and inject if necessary. If I can get away with doing injections twice a year, I am OK with that… but any more then that would make me question the longevity of my horses show career. But at the end of the day, whatever or however he is happiest is fine with me. He’s a lifer in my barn. I think what I struggle with the most is I know my horse has HUGE potential to do really well and move up the levels, and it is killing me to know that he’s not feeling up to par and hurts.
Vet hasn’t said much about the fusing. I am going to ask him more about it when I see him this week.