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post #1 of 4 Old 09-23-2009, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Creaking Joints and Supplements

Hey all,

Not that my horse is old, or young, but lately I have been noticing a sort of creaking or quiet "cracking" if he is standing still for awhile and then takes a step or starts moving around. This has never arisen before, and I am wondering if he could be experiencing some minor joint inflammation. But, it could also be the chillier weather, as I know cold weather makes anyone's joints cold and stiffer than normal. This being said, I'm going to QH Congress in 2 weeks and want to know if I should contemplate a joint support supp. for him. He is an 11 yr. old QH gelding, used for the last 4 years in strenous drill riding and recently in reining. If you think I should, please let me know what kinds of supp. you have used, their effectiveness, and their support gauge (maintenance-strong support). Thanks everyone!

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post #2 of 4 Old 09-23-2009, 08:30 AM
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Try a glucosamine supplement. Horse.com carries these. I myself use Ani-med glucosamine daily supplement. It's a powder that you put on the grain everyday. Also, have your vet check out the joints. Maybe some dryness in there.
Suppose to go to QH Congress myself with my aunt. Don't know if I'll make it though. Good luck.

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thanks, anyone else?
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-23-2009, 10:33 PM
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I like Smart MSM. It comes in pellet form. MSM is supposed to be good for a multitude of ailments from inflammation to allergies. It's also relatively cheap which is good for long term use.
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