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Keeping ringbone horse in very light work?

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  • Keeping ringbone horse in very light work?

    Ever since Cowboy was diagnosed with ringbone, I have been trying to read everything I can on ringbone.

    I was reading an article that said keeping a horse with ringbone in light work is beneficial. It said that idle horses get more inflammation in their joints, so moving helps keep the inflammation down.

    I am in los angeles so my "turn out" is very small so he is not walking around very much.

    If I keep right on top of Cowboys trimmings and he is sound, will it make the ringbone progress faster if I ride him down the road at a walk? I have a pair of old macs I bought for him with the comfort pads.

    He is bored and is a halter bred QH so it is really hard to keep weight off him if I cant work him, but walks might help.

  • #2
    If he is sound I would definteily work him. Just keep an eye on his soundess and a supplement like MSM may help. Ringbone is arthritis basically, and arthritis nearly always benefits from exercise. I wouldnt suggest riding on a hard surface however, you need to find a bit softer surface than a road to keep him comfortable


    • #3
      Is the ringbone high or low?

      Such a bummer of a diagnosis. Do keep on top of his shoeing and give him joint supplements. As long as he's sound and not in pain, keep working him lightly. I'd talk to you vet too about pain management and other ideas to keep him happy and healthy as long as you can.

      Best of luck to you.


      • #4
        I have very limited experience to ring bone...limited to one pony that came here to train and sell. I didn't know what ring bone even was until the vet spotted it! Basically said the horse could stay sound for a long time, but one wrong step/twist of the foot and the horse would be more injured than a non-ring bone horse would be, and the recovery would be longer.

        Suggested not doing gymkhana or riding on uneven surfaces. Felt that boots that help support the ankle may help. I sold the horse (with full disclosure), and it jumped lightly and pleasure rode for about 2 years before being sold to a western home. Last I heard he was still sound and going well.
        Freeing worms from cans everywhere!


        • #5
          you may ask about tildren heard this has also been used on ringbone


          • #6
            Originally posted by SecretHavenFarm View Post
            Ever since Cowboy was diagnosed with ringbone, I have been trying to read everything I can on ringbone.

            I was reading an article that said keeping a horse with ringbone in light work is beneficial. It said that idle horses get more inflammation in their joints, so moving helps keep the inflammation down.
            Idle horses in general don't get inflammation in their joints. I guess they mean idle horses with ringbone get inflammation? This is actually a bit reversed, the inflammation that results from excess strain on the tendon attachment points eventually results in a thickening/hardening of that point which becomes the ringbone.

            Excess strain on tendinous attachment points can be mitigated by improving the angles with trimming. For instance if the heels are too high this can put strain on the extensor process where ringbone will form to stabilize the joint. Once it has formed you can still improve it by correcting the trim.