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post #1 of 15 Old 05-27-2012, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Which is the best supplement for horse with sore legs

I believe my 14yr qh has arthritis and gets sore after a good. Ride. Is their any supplements that work. If so any you have first hand expierence with. Please LMK. Looking to buy today online
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-27-2012, 02:33 PM
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I have used SmartPak senior with my horse, seems to work pretty well. I like that its an herbal supplement. Have you consulted your vet? You may want to check with the vet first and have them recommend a treatment plan. It may just be you need to bute her up before your ride too?
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Yes the vet has came and recommend glucosamine. And the lady we bored with has used it for a year with no results and 125$ for a 60 day supply is ridiculous
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How often is the horse ridden? What distance is it you consider a "good ride"?
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3 miles 2x a week. Monday and Friday. Turned out wensday and sunday
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Yes the vet has came and recommend glucosamine. And the lady we bored with has used it for a year with no results and 125$ for a 60 day supply is ridiculous
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We have an old dog we put on glucosamine chondroitin and it does wonders for him. Maybe you aren't giving him enough? Make sure how much you are giving him is for his weight. As far as it being so expensive I think it might be cheaper just the buy them at the drugstore. It maybe for humans but it is all the same thing no difference at all besides dosage which you could just measure out. Hope what I said helps.
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Is it possible for him to be turned out 24/7?
I have found that constant turn out and gentle exercise is brilliant for arthritis. The longer they are cooped up in a stable the sorer they get.

Also give MSM a go - it works well with glucosamine.
If he's not competing, you can give him a small amount of bute the night before you plan to ride him seeing as you are not riding often. This will keep him comfortable the next day for your ride.

Apple Cider Vinegar has also been used with great success. I haven't tried it on my own horses, but many people I know have and their horses have done very well on it.
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Is it possible for him to be turned out 24/7?
I have found that constant turn out and gentle exercise is brilliant for arthritis. The longer they are cooped up in a stable the sorer they get.

Also give MSM a go - it works well with glucosamine.
If he's not competing, you can give him a small amount of bute the night before you plan to ride him seeing as you are not riding often. This will keep him comfortable the next day for your ride.

Apple Cider Vinegar has also been used with great success. I haven't tried it on my own horses, but many people I know have and their horses have done very well on it.
I wish he could be turned out 24/7. He is done competing. Me and him have one alot of cutting tournaments now he is a retired trail horse.


What is this apple cidar vinigar. A cap ful in his grain?
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Apple Cider Vinegar is good for a lot of things, it improves coat and hoof condition as well as being good for arthritis. He may not like the taste to start with, so introduce it slowly until you're up to a cup full in his feed each day.

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post #10 of 15 Old 05-28-2012, 08:16 AM
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i have never heard of apple cider vinegar for that use, cool! i had just heard about it for flies.
i agree, try more turn out if possible. i have a 20 y/o horse who has arthritis and he does best with turnout everyday!! even one day of no turnout and i can see more stiffness and soreness in his hocks.
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