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    not treating kissing spine?

    i have a horse who is 22. after i bought her (a couple years later) it was discovered that she had kissing spine, and at a later date was diagnosed with (high) ringbone.

    for a while i was treating with injections and she was fine. however now she is pretty much retired and i don’t ride much. i might get on and WTC once every blue moon. she is on equioxx but hasn’t been getting injections, though my vet continues to check her back and fetlock and they seem to be holding up fine.

    my question is for other people that have horses with KS that are older and mostly not being worked... what level of maintenance does your horse receive? is it fair to still WTC my horse every once in a while if she is only receiving equioxx? we don’t jump anymore.. we were doing random cross rails here and there, but after putting 2 and 2 together, i think her bolting to the jump may be correlated to the KS

    My KS horse is retired and gets no maintenance. I can hop on her bareback a couple times a year and walk around (if I'm feeling lucky -- she's a little feral now!) with no issues, but I know her and therefore won't be asking for more than that. Even when maintained and in work, the higher gaits were hit or miss.

    It sounds like your horse's issues were milder than mine. I'd say do what she's comfortable with, but err on the side of her comfort when you have questions.


      As above. My KS horse is retired with no maintenance, he is fine. I don't ride him (he lives in a different state), but I'd suggest being very conservative if you do ride. Just because strong back muscles protect the spine, and if your horse is out of work, they won't have them. But if they show no signs of discomfort, I'd guess that occassional, gentle riding could be ok.


        Same story here- retired KS with no maintenance. My guy is a sometimes trail horse but nothing strenuous- he's happy to get out and see the world every once in a while. I think its a matter of knowing your horse and how they tell you they're in pain- it sounds like yours bolted. If you return to riding, watch for that and at the first sign of it- make note that you've done too much.


          I have a 20 year old TB ex jumper with severe KS who is retired with no maintenance, and he's happy as a clam. I had planned on occasionally trail riding him when he came to me to retire.....but I won't ride him again after seeing his xrays.


            I have a 21 year old horse with kissing spine and spinal arthritis.

            For his old man life he packs kids around and jumps crossrail to 2'. He gets hock/coffin injections regularly and we do a round of Osphos/Tildren every 2-3 years as needed. He also gets regular chiro appointments to help with his kissing spine. This treatment plan has worked really well for him. I've kept him in work because myself and the vets believe that him being fit and keeping a strong topline will keep him in less pain than allowing those spinal processes to weaken and come close together again.

            Long story short, I let his body tell me what he needs. If he feels great, he's happy and comfortable I leave him alone. When he starts to look like he needs a lube and tune, he gets it. If it gets to the point where I can no longer afford to do the treatment then he will no longer be ridden other than just a nice walk around since he loves the attention and routine. I do not think that not actively treating the kissing spine means that you can't sit on your horse (assuming they aren't exhibiting pain behavior while youre on them etc).

            You know your horse the best - if she's happy going for a trail ride, keep doing it! She will tell you when she's unhappy.


              Think the high ringbone, especially if it’s bi lateral, might be a bigger problem for a retired horse. KS may not bother them at all if not being ridden seriously. Have you checked the other front foot for ringbone? IME it typically comes in pairs and you don’t see visible signs if both feet hurt.

              Not that it matters much if she’s already comfortable on the equioxx. She’ll tell you if you listen carefully enough.
              When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

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