OK, background information. 12 year old Shire/TB gelding, has been very stiff behind since I've had him (2 1/2 years) which is made worse if he has to have any time in, such as not being able to go out every day. X Ray says nothing wrong with hocks. Has had a bone chip/spur on the near fore coffin joint, diagnosed almost 3 months ago, has possibly been there for a year or more. Went out on hard ground and damaged his suspensory ligament, possibly as a result of compensating for the coffin joint, which has obviously been getting more and more sore.
Has had a 1 month course of cartrophen, and has had coffin joint injected. 8 weeks box rest, and is on week 3 in a small paddock, where he will be for the next 3 weeks. He will be having a scan at the end of July, and fingers crossed if all is well, will be going back into work.
I have talked to the vet about long term treatment. He agrees that we should try a joint supplement. Sidney has been on NAF Superflex for the last few months, but I don't feel that that has made a lot of difference. The vet has suggested one of 3 joint supplements: Cortaflex, Newmarket Joint Supplement or Flexadin. I was wondering what everyone's experience of these supplements is. Hopefully it will help with his coffin joint problems, but also with his hind leg stiffness.
Thanks for reading