Bo has been on Equi-bone for 2 months now. He seems to be walking easier, it could be that the tendon is healing more than the bone though. Considering the advanced condition of Bo’s disease I’m not expecting Equi-bone to work quickly, though I have seen some testimonials that claim improvement in a couple of months. I am planning to continue giving him this supplement for at least 6 months before I make any statement about its effectiveness here on the blog. Chances are that whatever I do with Bo he will only be able to walk around the arena, but for all the joy he has given me I owe it to him to keep him safe and comfortable for as long as possible.
Meanwhile I have updated the Treatments page with information about Equi-bone.
…You must have his cooperation. One of the reasons injured horses are put down is because they often don’t cooperate in their rehabilitation. Horses are made to move, they don’t understand the concept of taking it slow and a gradual return to work. Case in point: Bo. He is not a very high-strung horse but he is spirited. As I’m trying to walk him he often decides he wants to trot or rear or crow-hop. During his rehabilitation I’ve had him on two different calming supplements, one with Valerian and other calming herbs and second supplement with L-Tryptophan. I suppose it could have been worse if I hadn’t put him on those but it didn’t make a lot of difference. You’re lucky if you have a lazy horse you are rehabilitating.
I put Bo on Equi-Bone, which I am writing an article about now, but I’m not sure if it will make much difference in his case. Today it looks as though he hurt his tendon again, it was more swollen than usual. There’s a new mare in town today and she’s caused quite a stir in the barn so I’m sure he did some showing off for her when she arrived. The point of this post is that horses can be their own worst enemies when they are injured. Obviously I don’t have a good solution to this problem or Bo wouldn’t be re-injuring himself so often. So I’m just putting out the warning for others in our situation, and I’m suggesting that you might want to investigate Equi-Bone and give it a try if you can afford it no matter what happens with Bo.
This site began as a response to my own horse developing navicular disease. It’s in my nature to research things I don’t understand so I went to work on this issue. I looked on veterinary websites, veterinary journals, dissertations, farrier sites, horse magazines, everywhere. So I thought it would be a good idea to consolidate all that in one place…here.
I’m going to continue doing research and reporting on it at least until there are better solutions to this disease that ends the career of so many horses.
For background on me and my story read the Welcome message and Bo’s Story.
Please share your story on the site as well. And keep checking back, I have more information I’ll be adding to the site regularly.
…But I can’t give up on this horse. I just heard about a supplement that helps rebuild bone, with good reviews from people with navicular horses, and its darn expensive. So what did I do? I ordered some of course. I can’t give up trying to help Bo. Even though his tendon is seriously damaged with 2 core lesions, I have to see if this is something that will help the navicular bone heal back to normal. Realistically, Bo’s disease is in an advanced stage so my trial may be a waste of money, but I feel the responsibility to try things and report the results here on the blog. I’ll be preparing an article on the supplement coming up soon. Stay tuned…