I have a 15 yo mare who was just diagnosed (by 2 different vets - my regular vet and also by a lameness expert) with arthritis in her neck, back, and hocks (and those were just the places we actually took radiographs). She also has some hip pain on both sides, the lameness vet believes it all to be a product of the neck arthritis.
We injected her hocks before we discovered her neck, and it helped for a couple days and then she regressed. No recognizable lameness other than she is more short strided/doesn’t want to track up and she is more resistant in the bridle than usual too (we do Eventing, at a low level, BN, though lately we’ve just been focused on dressage - again low level, Training tests).
Part of lameness vet’s recommendations were to inject the neck (which we just did over the weekend), and then either do Tildren or Osphos as well. Tildren is on back order til who knows when so we’re going to do Osphos. What are others’ experiences with horses with arthritis in the neck and how did Osphos or Tildren help your horse (or did it do nothing)?
The lameness vet’s other recommendations were shock wave (we’ve done 1 treatment on her back with no improvement and it’s $250 a pop so I’m not going to spend $ on it at this point), and injecting the hips (we decided to inject the neck first and see if that helps the rest of her body soreness, lameness vet said it may). He also recommended Adequan, but my regular vet and I discussed and with the changes that are already there for her, it may not be worth doing at this point so that one is on hold for now.
Basically if the osphos and neck injections don’t improve her, then I may be looking at the choice of either having her just as my trail horse (which the vets both said would be fine for her), or retiring her. She has no neurological signs at this point.