help for ringbone
Q: My 15 year old Clydesdale has been diagnoses with ringbone. Can
you tell me more about this condition and whether there are any
herbal remedies that may help?
Ringbone is a condition where extra bone is laid down inside or
around the joints. This extra bone can disturb the normal working
of the joint and cause pain and discomfort. It's difficult to treat.
There are two
approaches to this type of problem. Firstly, a vet can prescribe
a painkiller, such a phenylbutazone (bute) to make the joints more
supplements can be given to strengthen the bone so it's less likely
to produce ringbone and also to improve joint function in general.
If the ringbone is within the joint, supplements aimed at improving
the internal working of the joint will be the most useful.
If the ringbone
is a simple variety affecting only the outer area of the joint,
your horse won't really benefit from a joint supplement-but there
are other supplements available to help reduce the amount of Bute
you need to give.
effective of these may contain ginger and frankincense. Herbal formulas containing comfrey may be useful as well
as homeopathic preparations containing Rhus Tox Rutal and Arnica.
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