louisa Pierce Louisa_Pierce@xxxxxxxx
Can any of you tell more about Sclerosis? Not Multiple Sclerosis - just
Sclerosis. I know it is hardening between or on the bones. I
understand from the internet, that is very common in race horses. But
I can not find much more about it.
I don't know if you all remember my Pinto/Arab who can not go down
the hills....well he has mild Sclerosis of several of the thoracic dorsal
processes (but were otherwise within normal limits)
He also showed very mild tarsal-metatarsal and distal inter-tarsal joints
inflammation. According to the vet(s), his hocks a very mild nothing very
out of the
ordinary for a horse in work.
He is getting his hocks injected to take any discomfort out of the pitcher.
I am worried about his hocks, but it seems by the consensus that with
yearly injections he will be just fine.
I am mostly worried about his back. Do you think the Sclerosis is manageable?
Will it go away in time? Will it get worse? Once the hocks feel better,
The treatment the vet(s) have told me to follow, is 100% exactly what I
have been doing for him for the past 1.5 years. Ride with a running
martingale, do alot of long lining with emphasis on lifting the abs, alot
of straight and hill work to strengthen him. When doing ring work, ride in
a forward saddle for now, and stay off his back some and work with
Okay, all that has been done, and I have done this all with very good
professionals. I have had nothing but the absolute best work, with me and
my horse. Since I believed since day one he had some kind of back
Saddle fit: I have lived before in saddle fit hell. I know what it is
like. I think
I know more about saddle fit then most of anyone else I know. Plus I have
asked for more expert opinions and again the consensus is my saddles
do fit my horse fine. Noting touches his spine at all etc.
I wish like heck the saddles did not fit, then I would have something to fix.
I wish I had not done all the training already that the vets have suggested,
because again I would have something to fix.
The vet(s) to think everything is very mild, but they don't seem to be
able to answer all my fears, so if you know more about Sclerosis please
tell me about it.
Louisa and Shadow
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