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post #1 of 11 Old 12-14-2008, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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The Best Joint Supplement In Your Opinion

I own three horses who need joint supplements:
an off-the-track-standardbred gelding who recovered from a tendon injury
a warmblood mare who sliced her shoulder open and needed three layers of stitches
& a hanoverian filly who had severe OCD in her hock

right now I've been giving them
MaxFlex XR that's about $40.00 average for a little container which lasts about a month per horse

Here's info straight from their site:

MaxFlex™ XR contains:
Active Ingredients per 1/2 ounce:

XR Glucosamine (Marine) . . . . . . . . . . 5,000 mg

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) . . . . . . . 100 mg

Chondroitin Sulfate (Poultry). . . . . . . . . 50 mg

Calcium Ascorbate (Ester-C®) . . . . . . 50 mg

Hyaluronic Acid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 mg

Manganese Sulfate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 mg

Inactive Ingredients:
Dehydrated Alfalfa, Dried Molasses, Mineral Oil, Natural and Artificial flavors, XR System™
See label for complete information.

Is this a good supplement? Should I be using something else? Something with a higher amount of Glucosamine or MSM?
Or what's the best joint supplement in your opinion?
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-15-2008, 02:21 PM
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I give this to my app gelding. Equinyl Combo from SmartPak Equine
I was told its a good joint supplement for the money (there's also an extreme that has more/different things in it)

Gem has been doing great on it (running/bucking in the pasture, moving out great)
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post #4 of 11 Old 12-15-2008, 09:53 PM
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I usually do not recommend products, but this one gets two thumbs/paws/hooves up. I highly recommend Ceytl-M its not cheep, but I take the human version, my 18 yr old dog takes the dog version, and my 23 yr old stallion takes the horse version.
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My old appy benefited from Corta Flx powder. It is about the least costly of those I researched short of just using MSM.

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post #6 of 11 Old 12-15-2008, 10:50 PM
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I second this one for the OP's current issues.
Recovery EQ from SmartPak Equine

Once everyone is done healing and just needs joint support, then I like the following (just depends on how the horse reacts with it, certain products work better for some horses than others).

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Next Level Pellets from SmartPak Equine
Cosequin Optimized with MSM from SmartPak Equine
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post #7 of 11 Old 12-15-2008, 11:07 PM
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Personally, I have had really good results with MVP products. My old barrel horse had developed arthritis really bad and I think I have used every product under the sun to help her out. I used MSM and Devils Claw and Yucca (DCY) and had great results. They also have another blend that works as a senior flex as well. You don't always have to spend a lot, just look compare the balances between the MSM and glucose balance in each. If you are looking for something more spendy, Corta Flex is also a good product to look into. Good luck to you.
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I have had poor results with all oral supplements on various horses. Horses digestion systems are simply not designed to digest these supplements, so they usually never even make it into the blood stream!
I highly, highly recommend monthly IV/IM injections of HA and Adequan. They cost no more than an expensive, kind-of effective oral supplement but you get full results. I have had horses with ring bone, more general arthritis, bone spavin, bog spavin, and just general joint problems on these injections go from unsound to being able to show at a national level.
Another note, devil's claw and some other product ingredients listed are actually illegal in some competitions. So check the drug restriction list for your sport organization if you plan on showing while feeding oral supplements. HA and Adequan are both not restricted.
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post #9 of 11 Old 12-16-2008, 10:55 AM
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I second everything Anabel said. My vet said they actually did a study on oral supplements and found no trace of it in their bloodstream at all! I know a few people who have tried Cosequin with no results either. Adequan is excellent though. The loading dose can be pricey but after the initial cost it's really not too bad.
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post #10 of 11 Old 12-16-2008, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by upnover View Post
I second everything Anabel said. My vet said they actually did a study on oral supplements and found no trace of it in their bloodstream at all! I know a few people who have tried Cosequin with no results either. Adequan is excellent though. The loading dose can be pricey but after the initial cost it's really not too bad.
I third that. That's why I liked Recovery Eq. It has almost double or triple all the supplements that you need. So say it has 10000 mg're lucky if 3000 makes it to the joint That's why most of those cheaper supplements don't do much.

Joint injections seem to have the best immediate effect for relief.

My horse won't eat "supplements" so Im trying straight ground flax right now. We'll see in a few months if it helps his arthritis like it claims.
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