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Arthritis on a Budget

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How important is budget when considering how you'll treat arthritis in your horses?

Extremely important
37%
255
Somewhat important
41%
281
I spare no expense
10%
70
Not applicable, my horses don't suffer from arthritis
13%
87

Total votes cast: 693

Comments & Write-in Answers

Correct farriery and a balanced diet are more important to me than supplementation

2/11/2013 6:16:40 PM

I have a large herd, average age 17, hard to do supplements!

2/11/2013 2:44:49 PM

own multiple horses, less likely to treat pharmaceutically

2/11/2013 10:03:34 AM

I have several rescued horses in my care plus my personal horses, all cared for on a tight budget.

2/10/2013 10:17:52 PM

I cant go to heroic lengths but will do what I can budget for.

2/10/2013 6:51:00 PM

Medication and treatment can be over expensive

2/10/2013 3:05:09 PM

It's how you treat an important membr of your family and a partner that does so much 4 you.

2/10/2013 2:47:50 PM

My horse has a bone spur on his knee. So haven't been able to ride him for 5 months.

2/9/2013 1:42:24 PM

My first concern is "What is effective for THIS horse"?

2/8/2013 5:00:20 PM

I choose to be proactive to help prevent the advance of arthritis.

2/8/2013 4:18:31 PM

plus age of horse, side-effects, long term prognosis

2/8/2013 3:11:47 PM

daily bute costs add up quickly and vet charges 3x mailorder

2/8/2013 2:25:00 PM

typically the supplements are too expensive and prescription meds are even more so.

2/8/2013 11:49:27 AM

what is effective is most important will compromise in other areas do not have unlimited funds

2/8/2013 9:48:29 AM

I want to keep him comfortable but hundreds of dollars every month is not possible for me.

2/7/2013 7:29:01 PM

You can only do what you can afford -- and it's getting harder and harder under Obama.

2/7/2013 7:19:43 PM

I use a pricey daily supplement and have used hock injections in the past.

2/7/2013 4:50:21 PM

I allow lots low impact movement. scatter feed, seperate water and feed, so horse has to move around

2/7/2013 11:22:13 AM

I do whatever I can afford because it is a priority.

2/7/2013 2:43:49 AM

If you're jobless or on a tight budget/fixed income it could certainly limit or eliminate treatment.

2/6/2013 11:33:06 PM

Budget factors into treatment of any condition--thats life.

2/6/2013 7:46:03 PM

I will not pay for supplementation in this vaccination crazy world. Just keep piling on the expenses

2/6/2013 4:41:13 PM

Extremely important now, but in previous years was not an issue re: finances

2/6/2013 3:19:51 PM

If my 21-year old horse is not comfortable, I won't ride, so I do whatever I can within my budget.

2/6/2013 10:29:13 AM

I picked Somewhat Important because I don't buy brand name or top of the line suppliments

2/6/2013 9:13:11 AM

I start with the cheapest available that works and move up as needed.

2/6/2013 8:33:06 AM

Somewhat important, as the most expensive options are not necessarily the best; consider all options

2/6/2013 7:26:52 AM

you have to keep your horse comfortable. It is your obligation as an owner and a rider..

2/6/2013 7:17:11 AM

Been treating 26 yr.old for 16 years. Great expense but was able to ride.

2/6/2013 1:07:02 AM

I try to keep an affected horse comfrtable and useful.

2/5/2013 11:07:51 PM

Bang for your buck is important, but more important is that the supplement works...

2/5/2013 9:36:37 PM

Very little extra money the last few years, so must consider all options.

2/5/2013 9:24:06 PM

It can add up pretty fast if the treatment is a $1 a day.

2/5/2013 9:01:52 PM

Although 4 horses are senior, arthritis is minimal! Thank goodness!

2/5/2013 8:39:43 PM

After steroid injections, I had his hocks fused with alcohol injection. Also use Adequan & Cosequine

2/5/2013 8:15:57 PM

I have had several old horses never had to treat any for that kind of problem

2/5/2013 6:57:02 PM

has bearing on decision along with efficacy of treatment

2/5/2013 6:35:46 PM

If it crops up in their old age, I will take care of them and get what the vet says they need.

2/5/2013 6:23:23 PM

Prognosis is the key, will it work and for how long

2/5/2013 6:12:44 PM

I have found, in my experience, that moving about freely is the best preventative medicine.Riff Raff

2/5/2013 5:52:25 PM

My horse doesn't have arthritis now, so I don't know how much it costs to treat it.

2/5/2013 5:30:50 PM

I'll do whatever it takes to give him quality of life.

2/5/2013 5:28:41 PM

My horses are everything to me, it is my responsibility to do whatever I can to ensure their comfort

2/5/2013 5:13:43 PM

Since he can't tell me if he's in pain and horses are stoic, I have to be proactive and medicate.

2/5/2013 5:06:36 PM

They deserve to be comfortable and they shall. They earned it!

2/5/2013 4:32:26 PM

my horses do not have arthritis yet!

2/5/2013 12:26:40 PM

Fortunately my own horse is sound, am waiting for results of leg xrays on hubbys horse tho

2/5/2013 11:57:46 AM

The product I use is economical and effective in my horse.

2/5/2013 7:48:58 AM

Epense is not the issue- ability to move without pain and not drugged to the eyes is

2/5/2013 3:17:35 AM

So hard to balance between too little and too much.

2/5/2013 12:39:02 AM