Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by flamingauburnmustang, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. flamingauburnmustang

    flamingauburnmustang Songster

    Dec 14, 2008
    South Africa
    Hey. [​IMG]

    I have a twenty five year old horse that suffers from arthritis. I still ride her, and I would just like to ask if there is anything that I can give her for her joints (preferably something un-costly).

    The other problem is flies. What should I give to her or put on her that will repel flies?

    Thanks. [​IMG]

  2. flamingauburnmustang

    flamingauburnmustang Songster

    Dec 14, 2008
    South Africa
    I havn't tried Bute before. I will have a look for that. [​IMG]

    I will check out those websites and see what they have.

    She is a nooitgedacht, a South African breed.

    As soon as I have figured a way to put photo's into a post.

    Thanks. [​IMG]

  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Quote:Hey Maxi,
    I grew up over there - partly in Amanzimtoti and then in East London. (my family is still there, Im in USA)

    I give my horse garlic to help with keeping flies off, I'm not sure if you can get it there = dried in large amounts, perhaps you can buy some and dry it yourself, then chop it up in a food processor or something.

    I have no clue what products they have there for keeping flies off, you need to shop around and see what you can find.
    There are things you can mix up yourself - I've used the one mix with Avon Skin so soft ( do you get Avon there?)

  4. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Peterborough, ON
    I *believe* glucosamine powder.
  5. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    There are a lot of glucosamin/chondroitin products on the market that, if given regularly, will help reduce the pain from arthritis. They work by increasing the fluid in the joints so there's less friction. Here's a link to just one of the many choices available.

    Bute is a prescription drug that you have to get from the vet. It's good for short term relief but can cause stomach problems if given for a long period of time.

    PS: I've forwarded your questions to my trainer -- he's from South Africa and may know where to get the stuff you need.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2008
  6. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    You get bute from the vet in the US. That is its short name. I do not remember the long name. It comes in powder or pills. Powder is easier, as you have to crush the tablets, but its not that hard. The Avon Skin so soft does work. I have a fly spray I get from the feed store. Glucosamine is suppose to be helpful too, a feed supplement from the feed store.
    Good luck.
    How cold is it in Africa?

  7. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I gave my 28 yr. old Arab mare a glucosamine liquid that I just poured on her Senior Feed. It really helped her but might not help every horse.
  8. katrinag

    katrinag Songster

    Yucca powder.

  9. flamingauburnmustang

    flamingauburnmustang Songster

    Dec 14, 2008
    South Africa
    I will check those websites out. [​IMG]

    I have tried giving my horse garlic, but she always notices it, whether it's crushed or whole. Is there any way I can sneak garlic into her food?

    That's cool that you were in SA. Do you ever miss SA, or do you prefer it in the USA?

    And thank you CovenantCreek. That's very nice of you.

    Thanks. [​IMG]

    Last edited: Dec 14, 2008

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by