I usually just read the posts on this forum, but currently I’m at a loss with my lame mare and am wondering if anybody else has experienced something similar or has tips for maintenance.
Last spring I bought a nice 10 year old mare. She had been sitting around at the same farm for over 5 years with sporadic rides in between. After I bought her, I rode her on trails and on the flat 3-4 days per week until she went lame in late July with swelling under her knee. There was not much heat in the swelling but obvious by just looking at her. The vet flexed and radiographed her one leg and was pretty sure it was arthritis although most of the pictures were unclear. Vet thought they saw some bony hooks on the pictures.
I gave her a month off and applied DMSO. The swelling went down and she was sound to ride lightly. The day after riding her, she was lame and puffy again. Now I take her out for a bareback walk ride on flat easy ground for about 15 minutes about once a week and her knee is still swollen even before riding. I haven’t applied DMSO since the beginning of the month, and the vet isn’t too keen on bute. I’m in a fairly remote area with limited resources.
Are these normal arthritis symptoms? What can I do to help my horse?