Horse retirement

Posted on Mar 24, 2015
Grandpa’s beloved horse, Paint, has been contending with arthritis for a while now. So when Grandpa recently noticed that Paint was slowing down even more, I was worried that his condition may have gotten worse. 
When it comes to arthritis in horses, you can’t expect that one treatment will miraculously improve the situation. But by combining various therapies together you can help your horse enjoy a good quality of life while continuing to be active.
Over the past while, we have worked to manage Paint’s condition through the topical application of Devil’s Claw, which is a natural anti-inflammatory for horses, and by introducing him to equine massage to help loosen his muscles, joints and scar tissue as well as help reduce stress and increase blood flow.
But Grandpa knows that at a certain point all the treatments and therapies won’t be enough… and it will be time to think about Paint’s retirement.
For most of us, having to consider the possibility of retiring our horse is a difficult process… How can we be sure it’s really time? 
One of the first steps is to ask a vet for a professional opinion, to help guide your decision. But as important as that input is, you should also recognize that you know your horse better than anyone else. You will notice when things aren’t quite right,  and when you feel a difference while riding him. You’ll see when he starts to struggle while still trying his best to do what you are asking him to do…
So when is the right time? The right time… is really between you and your horse.