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By Tracy Gantz
Nov 01, 2010
Your riding horse has just been diagnosed with ringbone, a degenerative disorder that affects the pastern and/or coffin joints and has no cure. But before you automatically consign him to pasture ornament status, consider the related advances in diagnosis, treatment, and shoeing. Many horses today can continue to perform athletically with this arthritic condition.
If you don't believe it, take a look at the record of Travis Tryan's multiple champion roping horse, Precious Speck. Before his death of an aneurysm this past April at age 20, "Walt" was named the Team Roping Heading Horse of the Year four times by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the American Quarter Horse Association. Three of those titles came after 2004, when Walt developed ringbone in the pastern joint of his right front leg. Tryan earned more than $1 million on the circuit in 2009, much of it aboard Walt...
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