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post #11 of 16 Old 02-14-2010, 01:19 AM
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My dressage instructor just advised me to use Adequan for my 20yo for her left rear. I too would eventually be administering the shot (geez, hope I can do it!) so 2 questions:

1) About how much is the monthly shot?
2) Where do you inject it? At the 'injured' site or in the neck vein like vaccines?

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post #12 of 16 Old 02-14-2010, 02:22 AM
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I was soo glad when I came across this thread. My vet told me to consider starting my mare on either Adequan or Legend, but he really didn't explain a lot about the differences etc.

She's going to be 13 soon, and her hocks have fluid built-up, some heat, and it never seems to go away completely. She's not lame, but nothing seems to be working. The ONLY thing I have tried that has worked is Surpass topical cream, and that's $53 bucks a tube. And from what I know, you're not supposed to use it as an everyday type thing. (On the directions it says to use it for up to only 10 days.) Idk, I could be wrong.

But this thread was a lot of help! :)
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My dressage instructor just advised me to use Adequan for my 20yo for her left rear. I too would eventually be administering the shot (geez, hope I can do it!) so 2 questions:

1) About how much is the monthly shot?
2) Where do you inject it? At the 'injured' site or in the neck vein like vaccines?
I found the answers to these questions online myself :)

I too am glad for this thread. Ty.
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For the most part what Anabel said is true.. Adequan helps with the degenerating cartilage and Legend is a synthetic synovial(sp?) fluid which is basically lube for the joints which also in-turns helps with cartilage by decreasing friction but is usually advisable when the cartilage has already deteriorated and resulted in a smaller joint space. Legend is also more expensive because its an IV injection.

Just remember once you start injections you can't really stop.. your telling the body it has enough fluid and stops making its own. With a 20yr old horse it's probably a good idea to start injections but injecting young horses is a slippery slope. I just don't want the average horse owner to see this post and think they have to inject their horses because unless you have a serious competitor (thus a market of owners who can afford to continue those injections) you could severely limit the potential sale of that horse.

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Just remember once you start injections you can't really stop.. your telling the body it has enough fluid and stops making its own. With a 20yr old horse it's probably a good idea to start injections but injecting young horses is a slippery slope. I just don't want the average horse owner to see this post and think they have to inject their horses because unless you have a serious competitor (thus a market of owners who can afford to continue those injections) you could severely limit the potential sale of that horse.
Good to know!
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Just remember once you start injections you can't really stop.. your telling the body it has enough fluid and stops making its own. With a 20yr old horse it's probably a good idea to start injections but injecting young horses is a slippery slope. I just don't want the average horse owner to see this post and think they have to inject their horses because unless you have a serious competitor (thus a market of owners who can afford to continue those injections) you could severely limit the potential sale of that horse.
I would love to see a clinical study supporting this.
I actually attended a lecture last week by a well regarded sport horse veterinarian who claimed that Legend shots really only supply enough HA to support the production of joint fluid for 7-10 days. Contrary to what I had previously thought, he suggested that Legend could be injected up to once a week. I have also read articles supporting the thought that the HA sits in the horse's bloodstream until it is needed and only acts as a buffer to the horse's natural production of HA. The Legend is only put to use by the horse's body in periods of high stress.
The only injections clinically proven to cause damage at this point are steroidal.
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