I have a 10yo quarterhorse mare who has very prominent high ringbone. I bought her knowing she was would probably only be a pasture companion for my riding mare, but happy to pull her out of the auction routine. She was a heavily campaigned reiner who had obviously become too sore to work, but was kind and tolerant enough that her last ‘gig’ was working as a lesson horse. I got her right as she turned 8, already so broken she was dead lame in back. I have a real weakness for palominos…
Despite a good trimmer, mare’s back pasterns looked like two footballs shoved in the hoof capsule when I got her. I have since had her on every commercial product I could find to help her with the discomfort. She had to be given 'bute before she could have her back legs trimmed.
About six months ago I started her–and myself–on Golden Paste, which is tumeric, fresh ground pepper, and coconut oil. This stuff is supposed to help reduce inflammation and pain, something that both my mare AND I were suffering from a great deal of. It is really gack-worthy in taste to ME…but all three of my mares LURVE the stuff, actually licking it out of their food bowls. Each receive an ice cube sized (about 1.5 TBsp) every evening. I initially started Capri (ringbone) on 2 cubes worth, but in July reduced it to just once daily because I got hurt and making the paste weekly was beyond me. I was making triple batches and filling icetrays and freezing them. The paste freezes without separation and you can dump the trays into freezer containers, and just set up your feed early so the cubes defrost.
Anyway, upon starting the GP, a teaspoon 3 times daily, my hip pain was gone within 3 days. We are talking DEBILITATING pain, the kind that kept me from sleeping, sitting, and riding. I also used this to help with the pain of recovering from breaking my clavicle and messing up 5 vetebrae in a fall. I hate the taste, but it works for me, and I much preferred to avoid the hydrocodone that was prescribed for me for pain.
More to the point…Capri’s feet are no longer swollen, and although the ringbone is very apparent, she is much more likely to trot and gallop to her food bowl. Even my farrier says she is so much easier to trim, and I have, in fact, stopped dosing her with the 'bute for the trims.
Personally, I don’t think there is any way to remove the calcium deposit that is ringbone, but I DO think that by improving Capri’s hooves through judicious trimming AND reducing the inflammation that kept her swollen and in pain by use of the tumeric paste, she will not develop MORE calcium overgrowth. Not a cure, but certainly an improvement.