Ji did not start his training until he was a 6 year old in 2006 when my daughter purchased him. He had previously been a stallion but never used as a stud, was unbroken and did not have much handling. He was very smart with his training and picked things up quickly but became lame within a few months after. The vet thought it was work related and told us to let him have a week off and to slow down on training.
I contacted you and you recommended putting him on Bone Up (calcium and vitamin B6) to help support his joints, bones and muscles. We took your advice and kept him on the Bone Up for a period of time, and after he had been sound for a long time took him off it. He was great until July, 2012 at 13 years old when he started to have problems with inconsistent lameness again – you could ride him but every now and then he would have a slight hitch when he was trotting and then would be fine again. We had the vet out who did a lameness exam, flexions etc. and found him to have a grade one lameness. Ji has always been barefoot.
Ji loves to jump and he has always been a very sensitive horse which our vet is aware of. He mentioned that usually at that level of lameness he would not have recommended hock injections but in Ji’s case thought it would help, which it did. After going back to work, my daughter mentioned that he had never felt better and how lovely his movement was. It was at that time that I remembered the Bone Up and decided to put him back on it to try and prevent having to have him injected again in the future. Since that time he has not had any more problems and I am going to keep him on the maintenance dosage.
To sum it up, I truly believe that the Bone Up has played a big part in keeping Ji – who is now turning 17 – as fit and mobile as he is, and would highly recommend it. Thanks Marijke!
Anita Andrews, February 2016