My lease mare had a full lameness workup a little over a week ago. She is a low mileage 17 year old who was starting to feel short-strided behind and not as enthusiastic about our occasional jumping as she was when I started leasing her two years ago. Conclusion by the vet after palpating, flexions, watching me lunge and then ride her, and several x-rays of both hocks, is mild OA in right hock causing an abnormal movement pattern that may have stressed the SI as well. She discussed lots of options with us, but recommended starting with Adequan, continuing the bodywork I already have done on her, and a rehab program to strengthen her hindquarters up and support her joints. If you look at her now she’s beautifully muscled for her age with a teeny booty that doesn’t seem to be developing with the rest of her yet. Specific joint injections would be a next step if Adequan doesn’t seem to be the answer for her, but the thinking was as it seems like it may be mild in several areas it may be a better first option.
If you’ve read any of my other threads I am a nervous nelly and would like to have some idea of when I might feel an improvement in her comfort. I gave her her first dose today but am curious about other’s experiences. Third dose? Fifth? Didn’t notice much change until the entire series was done? Hoping with some other’s experienced input I might be more relaxed about taking her gradual improvement in stride. Thanks!