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post #11 of 15 Old 10-17-2009, 05:41 PM
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joint supplements worked well for my horse, i gave him powder, he did great with it, then i ran out and after 2 weeks ( didnt have the money to buy more) i could feel a different in his movment. i just bought it in pelleted form, so i hope that works
I would love to know what you used! See, I read articles stating that they work, and articles stating that they don't.

I guess that goes to show that there are new things coming out all the time and you cannot keep up with what is what anymore.

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post #12 of 15 Old 10-17-2009, 06:04 PM
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I like powered supplements; did wonders for Lola's joints. I don't know what brand it was though; just some random stuff from the Tractor Supply.
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post #13 of 15 Old 10-17-2009, 06:36 PM
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Pretty much anything can jump the lower levels. About 2"9-3" is where the less talented horses start to struggle. Now whether or not that horse can jump competitively or whether or not they ENJOY it is a different story! But I've only known a handful of horses here or there that really weren't coordinated enough or interested in jumping.

As far as oral supplements go... my vet told me about some study that was done where they basically took blood samples of horses on various kinds of supplements and such and didn't find a lick of them actually in the bloodstream. I don't remember all the details but it seemed to show that the majority of it just gets pooped out. I have a friend who kept her older stiff horse on Cosequin for years, took him off and didn't notice a thing. I'm not a complete skeptic though, I hear stories of where it works well with other horses. I just see more results with injections.
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post #14 of 15 Old 10-17-2009, 06:52 PM
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I definitely have to disagree with those who doubt the effectiveness of joint supplements, I guess because I've seen them work absolute wonders on my boy....a racer for almost nine years, and you could hear him creak even when he walked....I put him on Flex-Force with H/A and within two weeks, no more creaking! I may or may not do jumping lessons with him, but I would recommend some kind of joint supplement especially for older horses.
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post #15 of 15 Old 10-17-2009, 10:00 PM
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SOME oral joint supplements work for SOME horses. Not all oral supplements work for all horses; some horses you will see an affect on, some you won't. Some owners also want to see an effect on their horses because they've invested hard-earned money on the product, so it's very hard to gauge owner responses.
There was an article in Horse Sport a few months ago (just looked it up, it's in the April 2009 issue) where they talked about the effectiveness of oral Glucosamine. It was shown in this study that the manufacturer recommended dosage didn't do a lick of good, and to get the levels of oral glucosamine that would actually do something in the horse you'd have to pump their feed full of it, and it's just not practical.

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