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    01-26-2013, 03:52 AM
Green Broke

Well..we used it in a lot of the older reiners while I was down at MM, and it seemed it worked pretty well for them when you saw them a day someone forgot and a day you saw the horse with it.

Soo, I'm buying Lucky (her owner can't afford her anymore, nor has she paid for board, hay, or her under $100 vet bill from LAST september!) Not to mention she's been out less than 10 times in the past year to see the horse.
But, while I knew I was getting into a horse that has had stiffer hocks from being worked too hard before her old owner got her and is going to need a lot of work..I'm hoping she'll stay looser just being ridden 5 days a week or so, but I have no problem buying a supplement for her joints.

Soo..any opinions on Corta-Flex and any suggestions on a better supplement (that isn't $200 per packages)?
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    01-26-2013, 06:18 AM
I personally am a fan of the Cortaflex HA, and use MSM with it-works for my guy who has arthritic hocks, but it was a trial and error to get there.....they are all different.........I find it a reasonable solution. I am not a fan of injections,etc as many are, and my guy is semi retired, so don't need that kind of investment.
    01-26-2013, 08:55 AM
Look into the Smartpak line of joint supplements.. I have had great luck with all of them! There are different strengths depending on what your horse needs.
    01-26-2013, 10:21 AM
Green Broke
Thanks.(: Corta-Flex HA was the one I was looking at.

Apparently she's on just straight MSM supp and doing decent (not being worked at all though), and the Corta-Flex had the highest amount of that and HA and MSM from the couple I compared with.

I'll look into the Smartpak line. I want to keep her still running for another year or two (I know she has the heart for it, just need to see if I can find a supp to help her), and then she'll be moving to a younger kid's 4H walk/trot horse (hopefully). Those are my plans for her anyway. I'd just like to show her at fair one year, since I kinda got stiffed on it two years ago since I wasn't staying on the fairgrounds all week.
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    01-26-2013, 10:30 AM
A friend of mine has used the Smartpak option-they are really nice to work with. Her horse is really picky, and since supplements only work if the horse eats them......they sent many samples and were really helpful. I do not remember what she ended up with, but I remember her spending hours on the phone......
    01-26-2013, 10:38 AM
Green Broke
I think I'm going to compare Corta-Flex and Smartpak amd see which has the most MSM.

Also..I'm debating whether or not it's slightly selfish to run her another year (a couple local weekday shows) and 4 shows during a week at fair if I know she has arthritis in her hocks. If she doesn't improve with supps I won't, but if she does, is that still wrong to push her at shows knowing that her hocks are going?

She's only 11-13, and her previous owner/BO thinks she's fine as long as she's on a supplement (and injections are not going to happen on my budget, lol).

Oh, and btw, technically I'll be leasing her for about a year until I'm financially able to afford emergency vet and actual board. Soo, my budget is currently including lease and supplements for her. And I'm doing her farrier that'll always be out of the budget.
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    01-26-2013, 11:04 AM
Why not just use MSM powder? That is what I do-it is really reasonable, IMO.
    01-26-2013, 11:52 AM
I have CortiFlex HA, MSM and use Pentosan IM injection on my girl. She's doing very well with this combination. From being 5/5 on the lameness scale. To *maybe* a 1/5. I don't notice ANY limp in her anymore.
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    01-26-2013, 02:46 PM
Green Broke, I went out and saw her today (still plan on buying her regardless of what I saw).

Her hocks are really, extremely. I'm going to say it's mostly the cold weather and frozen ground that's causing it.

But, does this change anything with supplement suggestions? She needs trimmed again, badly (long toes and underrun heels) and I plan to do that the day I get my bill of sale.

I'm thinking the corti-flex HA and MSM powder..

I'm so excited about my mare. (: I can't wait to start retraining her, lol.
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    01-26-2013, 03:14 PM
Is she out a lot? That usually helps.....I am hoping maybe she was in when you got there, so was stiff. Good luck and congrats!

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