Some veterinarians combine Tildren with additional therapies such as shockwave therapy to get the best results.
Kathy Frame, from Oconomowoc, Wisc., said that her 16-year-old grand prix show jumper had a bit of a hitch in his hind end, which she treated with Tildren and then shockwave therapy. Frame said the horse was never lame, he just seemed a bit off.
“We won a grand prix the week I did the shockwave, so it’s a little hard to tell if it was the Tildren I did before or the other therapy,” Frame said.
Kyle Dewar, also from Oconomowoc (and engaged to Frame), said he once used Tildren on one of his older horses. The horse had ringbone, Dewer said, and he administered Tildren after getting the drug from a friend in Europe.
“It eased his arthritic changes,” Dewer said of his older jumper.
Now, Dewar said, he uses it on some warmbloods that he imports from Europe.
“If I notice a little something on an X-ray in Europe, I know I could use some Tildren on it,” Dewar said. “They may have an enlarged vascular channel in their foot or slight navicular changes, and Tildren seems to improve the bone density and clear those right up.”
As a rule, people won’t see immediate effects from Tildren. It takes time to work, and the maximum benefit will be seen in about two months.
“By no means is this a magic cure,” said Langer at Wisconsin Equine, “but it has helped a lot of horses.”