Joint Injections for Horses



  1. To Whom It May Concern:
    Your article on joint injections for senior horses seems to offer as many, or more, risks than rewards. It seems like it would be a pain for there to be as many side affects as there are cures.
    This probably works great; I’m not saying it doesn’t, just that people won’t be as eager to buy this when they realize it might do more bad then good; if they are unlucky. There are many risks, including getting the needle caught in the joint, an adverse reaction to the chemicals, laminitis, and joint degeneration, just to name a few. This article says; ‘Injecting corticosteroids into a damaged joint can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain, but then the joint is more at risk for re-injury when the horse returns to work.’ So then isn’t it better for the horse to not get this and retire early? Or should the owner have this done and keep doing it regularly so that it does not get re-injured? I have a friend that is interested in getting a joint injection for her horse, but she also wants to keep working her. Should she do that? And how often should the joints be treated then?
    This seems like a great way to get horses back on their working routine, it just seems that your article on joint injections for senior horses seems to offer as many, or more, risks than rewards.

  2. Thanks for the interesting article. Although I have never had a situation that I have had to consider using such an injection it’s very good info to keep in mind. I hope I never have to dig this out of my memory to use!!!

  3. I like how you told us the risks in using joint injection. I believe that a lot of people are in such a hurry to ‘fix’ their horse that they take any solution thrown at them. Not all look at the risks in putting a needle into the joint of such a large animal. I am writing an essay for my class argueing the pro’s and con’s of joint injections and this article really helped me understand more then I could of hoped for. thank you

  4. I found this article very interesting. My horse was injected today in both hocks – one with steroids and HA and the other just with steroids.
    Your article echoed everything my vet had told me.
    Thank you!

  5. Just be careful. My gelding had both hocks injected 4/13/10, and we followed the rest/light moving instructions carefully. He seemed to be OK and was ridden lightly in 2 weeks. On 5/3/10 he was lame and has had abscesses on three different feet over the next several months. He displays other signs of founder (tender front feet, reluctance to move downhill, a dish in the RF), but the vet thinks not and denies connection to the injections. It now takes 4G(!) bute to make him comfortable for jogging on a soft flat surface, and I may have to put him down. Another friend had the same experience (another vet) and lost her show horse.

  6. I liked the article, but need more info. Several years ago had my saddlebred in training. He received injections in either his shoulders or withers. This loosened and freed up his front end. Was I dreaming this or do vets still do it.

  7. I have a 26 year old Western pleasure gelding who is still in amazing shape. I have owned him for 17 years. He has never been abused or pushed, but he has however developed arthritis in his left hock. I injected him for the first time last year with amazing results. After two weeks lameness was gone and he was much more comfortable. I don’t think this should be a first resort for anyone, but it has made my boys life much more enjoyable and comfortable in his golden years. He was able to return to the show pen and is still being lighty shown by my 9 year old daughter.

  8. my horse was injected 2 wks ago told to ride her as usual all the time even though she had previously gone down on roads did it again today wont be riding her again very upset.


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